'God Is With Us': Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria path

The Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour is threatening to decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities. Hurricane-force winds now extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. The eye of the storm can be clearly seen in the video, with swirling cloud surrounding it.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Maria had regained strength, with sustained winds of up to 160mph, as it approached the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Hurricane Maria has intensified into an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale and is expected to strengthen further, the US National Hurricane Centre says.

With Hurricane Maria just a few hours away from reaching the island, she showed us her view from the porch of her home. "We shall survive by the grace of God", he added.

Hurricane Maria has turned its fury on Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

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National Hurricane Center forecaster Eric Blake tweeted Maria could be the most destructive storm in Puerto Rico's history. However, Iris's family and many other islanders plan to ride out the storm in their homes.

Dominica Consul General Barbara Dailey said officials hadn't been able to communicate with anyone on the island since 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Most long-range computer models suggest Maria could exploit the same break in a mid-level high pressure ridge that Jose did. and thus pass east of the southeastern USA coast this weekend and early next week. While the storm diverted north instead of directly hitting Puerto Rico, more than 1.5 million people lost power, Reuters reported.

"This is an unprecedented atmospheric system", he said Tuesday. In the last message Echevarria sent her mother, she told her to stay safe, that she loves her, and that she is praying.

San Juan prepares for Hurricane Maria.

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