These hurricanes are lining up like an endless train, they just keep coming.
It’s an understatement to classify this as a busy season but we’re just praying Maria misses the mainland and for the people on the islands that are once again going to get hit.
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BREAKING: Maria becomes hurricane and is forecast to continue strengthening as it approaches Leeward Islands, northeast Caribbean.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 17, 2017
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 16, 2017
Source: USA Today
The National Hurricane Center said Maria had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as of 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, making it a Category 1 hurricane. By 9 p.m. it had strengthened to 80 mph.
Maria is the seventh hurricane of the 2017 hurricane season.
As of 9 p.m., the storm was 125 miles east northeast of Barbados and 255 miles from the island of Dominica. It was moving west northwest at about 15 mph.
The government of Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday issued a Hurricane Warning for St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat and a Tropical Storm Warning for Antigua and Barbuda.
The French government issued a Hurricane Warning for Martinique.
A Hurricane Watch was issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the British Virgin Islands.
Forecasters said Dominica and Guadeloupe are probably facing a Category 2 hurricane, with sustained winds of 96-110 mph, Monday night and Tuesday.
“It is moving along very quickly, which is concerning,” AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel said. “They are going to have a direct hit from a hurricane. The question is how strong will it be.”
— Sandra Grayson (@SheHopes101) September 17, 2017
JUST IN: Maria strengthens to a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center pic.twitter.com/BkryZBFhJl
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 17, 2017
This has got to be one of the most active hurricane seasons I have seen…big ones too. I hope people are still paying attention to the weather!
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