Hurricane Maria, September 2017

25 Sep 2017

Just two weeks after Hurricane Irma devastated islands in the Caribbean,  Hurricane Maria offered a new threat. Category 5 Maria moved over the island of Dominica on Tuesday, September 18, causing what has been described as “mind boggling” devastation. The storm crossed south of the U.S. Virgin Islands, weakening slightly to a Category 4, and made landfall along Puerto Rico’s southeast coast on Wednesday. The island suffered catastrophic flooding and building damage and is entirely without electricity, which isn’t expected to be restored for months. In the northwest, thousands of residents are being evacuated from the river valley below the Guajataca Dam which beginning to crack.

The storm is not expected to make landfall in the continental US but is currently skirting the North Carolina coast, prompting tropical storm warnings and some evacuations from Outer Banks islands.


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