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
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.
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