Hurricane Maria Has Progressed To A Dangerous Category 5 And Here's Everything You Need To Know
The hurricane blasted Dominica with widespread devastation.
Almost overnight, Hurricane Maria has progressed to a very dangerous Category 5 and has left a catastrophic trail of damage through Dominica and the surrounding Carribean islands - which we're already devastated by Hurricane Irma.
By 9:15 pm Monday evening, the hurricane reached Dominica, blasting the small island with "widespread devastation," according to the Prime Minister of the Caribbean island nation, who lost the roof of his own house along with countless other civilians during the storm.
"So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains," said the Prime Minister in an additional post.
After quickly dropping to a Category 4 late in the evening, Maria has reintensified to Category 5 status, with estimated winds of 160 mph, making this the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica.
The NHC's 2 a.m. advisory said Maria's eye was some 45 miles west-northwest of Dominica and was moving west-northwest at 9 mph.
The NHC forecast Maria's eye would move over the northeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday, heading directly for Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands but is showing no signs of slowing down.
The National Weather Service in San Juan has issued a serious warning message, warning of the potential danger of Hurricane Maria and the potential life-threatening damage the hurricane could make.
After crossing St. Croix, Maria will head toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday as "an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane," the National Hurricane Center said.
You can track Hurricane Maria here.