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Category 5 Hurricane Maria makes landfall on the island of Dominica at around 9:15 pm EDT

18 Sep 2017, 10:36 am

Rapid intensification continued throughout the day with Hurricane Maria and the storm is now a potentially catastrophic category 5.  Maximum sustained winds are near 160 mph with gusts to 195 mph, along with central pressure at 925 mb.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center, but tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Dominica at around 9:15 pm EDT.

BREAKING NEWS – Hurricane Maria is now a catastrophic category 5 hurricane with wind gusts up to 195 MPH. The storm is expected to hit Puerto Rico as a Cat 4, join us on WeatherNation for the latest on this extremely dangerous storm.

WeatherNation 发布于 2017年9月18日

The Caribbean Islands have been battered by tropical cyclones this season already, with Irma and Harvey over the last several weeks. Maria will bring more than a foot of rain in some areas, along with hurricane force winds and a storm surge of up to 15 feet.

From Puerto Rico to Barbados, tropical storm and hurricane alerts have been issued. The northern islands will likely feel the brunt of Maria.

A high pressure area to the north of Maria should maintain a general west-northwestward motion for the next three days or so. After that, the high weakens, which should allow the hurricane to turn gradually northwestward and north-northwestward. Atmospheric and oceanic conditions appear favorable for additional rapid strengthening throughout today and possibly longer.

Some notes from the National Hurricane Center:

1. Maria will affect portions of the Leeward Islands and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands as an extremely dangerous major hurricane during the next couple of days, and hurricane warnings are in effect for many of these islands.

2. Maria is likely to affect Puerto Rico as an extremely dangerous major hurricane, and a hurricane watch is in effect for that island. A hurricane warning will likely be issued later today.

3. The potential for a life-threatening storm surge, accompanied by large and destructive waves, has increased for the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

4. Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides from heavy rainfall are expected across the Leeward Islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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