Maria moving northwest after battering Puerto Rico

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Our hearts go out to our friends in Puerto Rico today, who are currently dealing with the southern half of Category 4 Hurricane Maria. Here are the stats from the National Hurricane Center:

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————–
LOCATION…18.4N 66.5W
ABOUT 15 MI…25 KM ESE OF ARECIBO PUERTO RICO
ABOUT 25 MI…40 KM W OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…140 MPH…220 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…930 MB…27.47 INCHES

Plus, current hurricane warnings:

* U.S. Virgin Islands
* British Virgin Islands
* Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques
* Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata
* Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas

 

Maria is currently moving to the northwest, which has probably caused many residents of the Bahamas and coastal United States to breathe a sigh of relief. However, some reports have shown that if Hurricane Jose weakens, Maria may draw closer to the U.S. East Coast. The projection looks good for the U.S. as of this moment, but we’ll continue to watch Maria as she travels the Atlantic.

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