Hurricane Maria Brings 'Destructive Winds' to Puerto Rico: NHC

Hurricane Maria Brings 'Destructive Winds' to Puerto Rico: NHC

People in Puerto Rico are boarding their homes and businesses as they prepare for the powerful Hurricane Maria. One of the worst hit islands, Barbuda, had to completely evacuate for the first time ever.

Roberto Rivera, 61, who raced to buy canned foods and bottled water in San Juan, is a construction worker for the government-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA. It poses a threat to several islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma.

On the forecast track, the hurricane is expected to hit Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Wednesday. However, Iris's family and many other islanders plan to ride out the storm in their homes.

The governor of Puerto Rico, a United States territory, has told the island's 3.5 million people to seek shelter with the hurricane poised to make landfall around 8am local time (1300 GMT).

Of those storms, Irma and Maria have reached rare "Category 5" status, with sustained winds of 160mph.

Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands are recovering from Hurricane Irma, which came through September 6 and Sept 7.

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With that threat ending, meteorologist will be watching Hurricane Maria, but it is too soon to tell what impact the storm could have on CT.

As of Tuesday night, the NHC in Miami said the storm's winds had intensified to 175 miles per hour and could become stronger still. At that central pressure, Maria would rank among the 10 most-intense landfalling hurricanes in the Atlantic basin in the last 150 years. That danger has people here in Fayetteville anxious about their loved ones in Puerto Rico.

The heavy rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, it added.

Hurricane Maria was being blamed for at least one death on the French speaking Caribbean nation of Guadeloupe on Monday.

The National Weather Service concurred in its warning, predicting that some areas "may be uninhabitable for weeks or months". These folks tend to live-tweet storm updates.

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