Category 5 Hurricane Maria to lash Irma-battered Caribbean islands with flooding, damaging winds

(Worthy News) – Major Hurricane Maria poses a significant threat to Irma-devastated areas in the northern Caribbean into midweek.

On Monday evening, Maria strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane on its way toward the northeastern Caribbean Sea, making it the second Category 5 storm of the season.

Early Tuesday morning, Maria was a powerful Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 mph.

Power outages and structural damage are likely. Small craft should remain in port and cruise and cargo ships should avoid the area. [ Source: AccuWeather (Read More…) ]

Puerto Rico imposes rationing as Hurricane Maria approaches

Puerto Rico has imposed a rationing of basic supplies including water and baby formula as Hurricane Maria approaches as a Category 5 storm.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria — on a path that would take it near many of the islands already wrecked by Hurricane Irma and then on toward Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic — is an “extremely dangerous” storm with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph. It was centered about 15 miles east-southeast of Dominica — or 40 miles east of Martinique — and heading west-northwest at 9 mph late Monday afternoon. [ Source (Read More…) ]

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