Tell Us Your Maria Story

Ebony Scott
September 21, 2017

Hurricane Maria arrived in Puerto Rico early Wednesday - bringing the most severe weather conditions the USA territory has seen in almost 100 years.

Category 5 Hurricane Maria's maximum sustained winds have increased to 175 miles per hour (280 kph).

Buildings are expected to be damaged or destroyed by wind, extremely heavy rain, storm surge and flooding, the weather service said.

Maria made its first landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 storm around 9:15 p.m. Monday. It then continued moving towards Puerto Rico as a category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 270 km/h.

Now, some of these same islands in the Caribbean - including the United States and British Virgin Islands and the United States territory Puerto Rico - are facing a new, stomach churning threat: Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria will not pose a threat to Florida, according to our certified team of meteorologists.

Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rosselló echoed the warning, saying: "If you are in a flood zone, your life is in danger".

Maria regained category five status on Tuesday as it reached top sustained winds of 280km/h, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

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The impact on the USA territory is expected to be devastating, forecasts said.

Maria's middle was relied upon to pass a few miles south of St. Croix that was saved by the harm caused by the recent Hurricane Irma on the chain's St. Thomas and St. John islands only two weeks back.

The hurricane is forecast to move over the southeastern Bahamas Thursday and Friday before turning north, Shields said.

Authorities say the person did not comply with orders to remain indoors on Tuesday morning.

There's a sense that Maria is going to be worse than Irma, she said.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also has family in Puerto Rico and has voiced her concern for the island. "We've been texting to see if anyone gets the message". Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit sent out a series of posts on his Facebook page, including that his own roof had blown away.

It's been less than two weeks since Hurricane Irma slammed into the Eastern Caribbean as a Category 4 storm, devastating numerous tiny islands in its path before barreling into Florida.

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