Hurricane Maria slamming Puerto Rico

Maria is producing damaging winds, storm surge, and flooding across Puerto Rico today

Update as of Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 9 a.m. EDT

Hurricane Maria made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 mph near Yabucoa, Puerto Rico at 6:15 AM AST.

As of the 9 a.m. EDT advisory, Maria has weakened a little since it has spent some time over land. Winds are sustained at 145 mph and further weakening is possible. 



Maria is the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since the San Ciprian Hurricane of 1932.

San Juan reported a wind gust of 91 mph before the anemometer went offline. Over four million people live on this island, and the highest population center will see some of the roughest weather Maria has to offer. 10 to 20 inches of rain will be possible which could result in major flooding. 

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Maria to continue to travel to the northwest pushing just north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It'll continue to push to the northwest into the Turks and Caicos Islands before turning north. As of now, Maria is not expected to impact the Southeast United States. 

By early next week, we will still need to watch Maria as it pushes north into the Atlantic Ocean. It could bring a rip current threat along the East Coast. There remains high uncertainty as to where Maria will travel after next Monday. 

Stay with the 13WMAZ Weather Team for the latest details on Hurricane Maria on air and online at 13wmaz.com. 

 

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