by Mark Albert
This story has been updated
(TVR) – The eye of Hurricane Maria, an “extremely dangerous” category four storm, made landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday morning as the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928, after lashing St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, another American territory popular with tourists that sustained a devastating blow from Hurricane Irma earlier this month.
Maria just devastated Dominica, whose prime minister said of the island, “We have lost all what money can buy and replace.”
Maximum sustained winds are now near 155 mph, with higher gusts, and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward 150 miles.
The National Weather Service (NWS) warned, “A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 7 to 11 feet above normal tide levels in the hurricane warning area.”
Many Caribbean islands had breathed a short-lived sigh of relief after they escaped the wrath of Hurricane Jose, which had been a category four hurricane as it roared north of Puerto Rico.
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