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Caribbean Braced for Major New Hurricane.

The Caribbean, Sept 18 (ONA) --- Hurricane Maria is expected to

become a dangerous major hurricane as it nears the Leeward Islands

in the Caribbean, the BBC said.

The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next

48 hours and will hit the islands late on Monday, said the US National

Hurricane Centre (NHC).

It is moving roughly along the same path as Irma, the

hurricane that devastated the region this month.

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 category five hurricane, which left at least 37 people dead

and caused billions of dollars' worth of damage.

In its latest update today, the NHC said Maria has maximum

sustained winds of 90mph (150 km/h).

The eye of the storm is 100 miles east of Martinique, and Maria

is moving west-northwest at about 13mph, the BBC reported.

--- Ends/KH

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