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Hurricane Maria Headed For Puerto Rico As Island Struggles To Recover From Irma

Hurricane Maria Headed For Puerto Rico As Island Struggles To Recover From Irma

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded formerly tropical storm Maria to a category one hurricane Sunday as it hurtles northwest toward the Lesser Antilles. The storm, which is expected to hammer the Leeward Islands Monday with 75 mph winds, has inspired several meteorologists to superimpose the latest forecast cone for Maria over the path traveled by Hurricane Irma. And the result, for many residents of the Caribbean, is frankly chilling.

After Irma hammered numerous Caribbean islands, leaving a million people in Puerto Rico without power and essentially wiping the tiny island of Barbuda off the map (not to mention the damage it caused in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina), it now appears that Maria could deal another devastating blow to the islands before they’ve had a chance to recover. In the chart below shared by Richard Dixon, a meteorologist at Cat Insight, areas within the yellow band in the chart below have a greater than 20% chance of experiencing hurricane-force winds next week as Maria glides over the Caribbean. Meanwhile, the blue band represents the path taken by Irma.


In the direct path of , at hurricane strength:
Martinique
Dominica
Guadeloupe
Montserrat
St. Kitts & Nevis
USVI
BVI
Puerto Rico
D.R. pic.twitter.com/u3WayKDck1

Combined the forecast hurricane swath with the hurricane force

swath to see who might be getting a second hit. pic.twitter.com/Y3EU1dmVb3

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The group of islands potentially facing a second hit includes: Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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