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Hurricane season isn't over, as Maria is about to follow's Irma's path

Hurricane season isn't over, as Maria is about to follow's Irma's path

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said 110 more soldiers would be deployed to the region to reinforce about 3,000 people already there shoring up security, rebuilding infrastructure and distributing aid after Irma.

Now harnessing maximum sustained winds of 155mph after having been downgraded to a category four, the hurricane was expected to strengthen again as it moved towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, according to meteorologists.

It's been less than two weeks since Hurricane Irma slammed into the Eastern Caribbean as a Category 4 storm, devastating numerous tiny islands in its path before barreling into Florida.

The National Weather Service in San Juan has issued a serious warning message, warning of the potential danger of Hurricane Maria and the potential life-threatening damage the hurricane could make.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says a hurricane hunter plane checking on Maria after it pounded that small Caribbean island says the storm strengthened anew early Tuesday and again has top sustained winds of 160 miles per hour. "Interests in these areas should monitor the progress of Maria and follow any advice given by local officials", the warning concludes.

In their latest update the Miami-based center said the storm is about 325km (205 miles) southeast of the island of St Croix with sustained winds of 260kph.

While Hurricane Maria was passing the mountains of Dominica, it lost some of its strength, it soon gained power.

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Forecasters said hurricane conditions should begin to affect parts of the Leeward Islands by Monday afternoon or evening, with storm surge raising water levels by 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters) near the storm's center.

Described as "extremely dangerous" and "potentially catastrophic" by the US National Hurricane Centre, the islands that are most likely to be affected include Martinique, Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin islands.

USA and British Virgin Islands - 10 to 15 inches, isolated 20 inches. Then it's expected to turn north after Puerto Rico - away from Florida. Total rainfall in the Virgin Islands is expected to be between 10 and 15 inches, with isolated areas receiving 20 inches. It blew up from a tropical storm into a major Category 5 hurricane in barely more than a day.

Dominica was the first island to feel Maria's force.

There is much uncertainty on if it could eventually impact the East Coast of the U.S.

The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.


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