Here we go for round two of hurricane season with a major hurricane in the Caribbean. As we speak Maria arrives in the Caribbean and has already devastated one island which is Dominca.
The prime minister of Dominca says on facebook;
“My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.”
In the last few hours we have learned that Hurricane Maria has been upgraded to a category 5 hurricane.
Reference from NOAA;
HURRICANE…THE EYE AND THE INTENSE INNER CORE IS NEARING DOMINICA…
Hurricane Maria is centered as of 8 p.m. AST about 15 miles (25 km) east-southeast of Dominica and about 40 miles (70 km) north of Martinique. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday. On the forecast track, the core of Maria will move near Dominica and the adjacent Leeward Islands during the next few hours, over the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea the remainder of tonight and Tuesday, and approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher gusts -a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is possible tonight, but some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km). The estimated minimum central pressure based on Air Force Hurricane Hunter data is 925 mb (27.32 inches).
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Hurricane conditions should be spreading across Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Martinique during the next few hours, with tropical storm conditions already occurring over portions of the Leeward Islands. Hurricane conditions should spread through the remainder of the hurricane warning area tonight through Wednesday. Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola should monitor the progress of this system. Additional watches and warnings may be required later tonight or on Tuesday.
Get the latest on Maria overnight from the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Maria
Hurricane Maria at present is set to arrive in Puerto Rico at 8pm on Tuesday night, and she will be thrashing our island for several hours, possibly up to 12 hours.
Hurricane Maria arrives in the Caribbean (image gallery)
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We will be live streaming as much as possible. This storm will not be like Irma, where Irma came through north of us about 35 miles. This storm is set to come right over top of us, with winds between 175-200mph. So I may or may not be able to livestream. However when the storm clears and the dust settles, I will get some drone footage up on my youtube page.
Our hurricane Maria page; https://www.facebook.com/Hurricane-Maria-480387742333888/
We recently gifted our boat to a family who lost their liveaboard. We are asking for prayers that our boat survives, so that this family does not have to lose two boats in just two weeks.
Of course, we are praying for all of the thousands of other displaced people in the Caribbean also, many of these people are getting little to no help by the federal government. However many private vessels especially from Puerto Rico and St. Croix have been going to tragically effected areas and delivering supplies to people. But now we the second wave of a massive storm, there will be little help for those people who are already displaced and currently trying to rebuild or regroup.
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