Hurricane Maria strengthens to Category 4 hours before landfall

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Sep
18


Hurricane Maria, September 18, 2017. The eye is expected to move through the Leeward islands late this afternoon or this evening. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, Martinique, St. Lucia, and U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands
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Hurricane Maria became an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm on Monday afternoon as it barreled towards Dominica in the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands..

Its first landfall is expected around 8 p.m. ET in the northeast Caribbean’s Leeward Islands — specifically Dominica and Martinique…

Additional strengthening is forecasted during the next 24 to 36 hours, and Maria is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane during the next couple of days…

Read Full Article, CNN (09-18-2017)

Hurricane Maria Public Advisory; NHC (09-18-2017)
MARIA BECOMES AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE…
Additional strengthening is forecasted during the next 24 to 36 hours, and Maria is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane during the next couple of days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center…
A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 6 to 9 feet above normal tide levels in the hurricane warning area near where the center of Maria moves across the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

Ouragan Maria : la Martinique placée en alerte cyclonique maximale; Le Monde(09-18-2017)
Le NHC a mis en garde contre de « dangereuses marées de tempête » accompagnées de « vagues destructrices » dans le sillage de Maria, avec une montée des eaux qui pourrait atteindre jusqu’à 2,7 mètres au-dessus de la normale.
Selon la préfète, Maria est un « cyclone d’eau » et le risque principal sont les inondations, avec des prévisions de précipitation entre 100 et 400 ml d’eau (équivalentes à celles dues au passage d’Irma)…

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