Category 4 Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico Hard

Toni Houston
September 21, 2017

The Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour is threatening to decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.

The island of St. Croix looked to face hurricane force winds with nearby St. Thomas and St. John seeing tropical storm force winds, Mapp said, adding, "given the current conditions of St. Thomas and St. John, that's not good".

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Maria had regained strength, with sustained winds of up to 160mph, as it approached the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

"Maria is likely to affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by midweek as a unsafe major hurricane".

"We have lost all what money can buy and replace", Dominica's premier Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook, saying there were initial reports of "widespread devastation".

"This is going to be an extremely violent phenomenon", Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told the Associated Press this week.

The governor of Puerto Rico went house to house on Tuesday, trying to convey the seriousness of the storm.

A hurricane warning is in effect for several islands in the Caribbean, including Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, Martinique, St. Lucia, and the USA and British Virgin Islands.

Maria made its first landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 storm around 9:15 p.m. Monday.

The footage showed the storm ready to pound an island that was already hit hard by Hurricane Irma only two weeks ago. Hundreds of islanders left their homes and fled to shelters.

He said it is not surprising to see these strong storms during this time of year, but it is disheartening to see the same islands get hit.

A live satellite image of Hurricane Maria will appear in the player above. In his last message, he made an appeal for global aid, writing: "We will need help, my friends, we will need help of all kinds".

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