Major Hurricane Maria expected to hit the Caribbean

A major hurricane Maria is expected as it nears the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.

The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit the islands later today.

The US National Hurricane Center said it is moving roughly along the same path as Irma, the hurricane that devastated the region this month, which left at least 37 people dead and caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for Puerto Rico, the US and British Virgin Islands, St Martin, St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla.

Some of these islands are still recovering after being hit by Irma.

The Centre says hurricane Maria has maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometre per hour The eye of the storm is 100 miles east of Martinique, and is moving west-northwest at about 13mph.

According to the Centre “preparations to protect life and property must be completed on time.

A second hurricane, Jose, is also active in the Atlantic, with maximum sustained winds of 90mph.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS

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