Hurricane Maria will be Puerto Rico's most damaging storm on record

Hurricane Maria path

Cameras on the International Space Station have captured the power of Hurricane Maria as it passes over the Caribbean heading towards Puerto Rico.

Maria is now a category 5 hurricane, with sustained wind speeds of 165 miles per hour.

Credit: GOES EAST, NOAA Currently, hurricane-force winds extend 15 miles (30 km) from the eye of the storm, while tropical storm-force winds extend 125 miles (205 km) from the center, the NHC reported. Hurricane Maria is expected to make landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

The storm ripped off the roofs of houses as it pummeled the island as an extremely risky Category 5 storm, according to The National Hurricane Center. I think it will be another two or three days before we confidently say Maria will or will not impact the Lower 48.

"This is an unprecedented atmospheric system", he said Tuesday.

UPDATE 8:30 a.m. September 20: Hurricane Maria made landfall near Yabucoa around 6:15 a.m. Melinda Echevarria tells NBC Connecticut she has not heard from her mother Janette Hernandez since 7 p.m. on Tuesday and that there is no cell service in that area of the island.

Through Wednesday. risky Maria will, sadly, directly affect numerous same Caribbean Islands that Hurricanes Irma and Jose disrupted and / or devastated in recent weeks.

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Puerto Rico, still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Irma, is now bracing for a direct hit from Hurricane Maria.

She brushed by the French island of Martinique yesterday, leaving most of the island unscathed.

Hurricane Maria arrived in Puerto Rico early Wednesday - bringing the most severe weather conditions the USA territory has seen in almost 100 years.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Service of the Bahamas has issued a hurricane watch for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas.

He added that heavy rain is expected until Saturday, and called the storm "the most risky storm in Puerto Rico's modern history". We could see a few storms on Wednesday.

Forecasts show Hurricane Maria approaching the islands Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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