Hurricane Maria Headed For Puerto Rico As Island Struggles To Recover From Irma

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded formerly tropical storm Maria to a category one hurricane Sunday as it hurtles northwest toward the Lesser Antilles. The storm, which is expected to hammer the Leeward Islands Monday with 75 mph winds, has inspired several meteorologists to superimpose the latest forecast cone for Maria over the path traveled by Hurricane Irma. And the result, for many residents of the Caribbean, is frankly chilling.

After Irma hammered numerous Caribbean islands, leaving a million people in Puerto Rico without power and essentially wiping the tiny island of Barbuda off the map (not to mention the damage it caused in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina), it now appears that Maria could deal another devastating blow to the islands before they've had a chance to recover. In the chart below shared by Richard Dixon, a meteorologist at Cat Insight, areas within the yellow band in the chart below have a greater than 20% chance of experiencing hurricane-force winds next week as Maria glides over the Caribbean. Meanwhile, the blue band represents the path taken by Irma.

The group of islands potentially facing a second hit includes: Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The National Hurricane Center is warning that the storm could strike the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as early as next week.


While Maria gathers strength, Hurricane Jose is churning toward the US Northeast and could cause swells along the Atlantic coast by midweek, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm strengthened Sunday as it churned its way north through the Atlantic Ocean as a Category 1 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, according to ABC 7.

The latest track continues to keep Jose offshore, but close enough to the New Jersey and Long Island coasts to bring large and destructive waves, dangerous rip currents, beach erosion, rain and wind from Tuesday into Wednesday.


vaporland Axie Sun, 09/17/2017 - 23:04 Permalink

... how do your institutions, people, gov deal with natural catastrophes, war, unrest, and all sort of disasters?paraphrasing and answering your excellent question: not well at allI lived in some of the strike zones mentioned in this article from 1987-2006. I went through more than ten hurricanes, including hugo and marilyn on st thomas. the 1st thing to know is, the caribbean islands are a microcosm of world society at large. as such, strife and conflict are exponentially magnified at the local level.because the region is primarily powered by tourism, the cardinal rule is: never talk about the shark. We call this the jaws syndrome, named after the spielberg film of the st croix in 1989, the national guard was filmed looting refigerators from appliance stores. also, google 'fountain valley massacre' to know why st croix to this day is a pariah among parasites... during the current disaster, USVI Gov Ken Mapp stated after reports that residents had died and property was being looted, that no such thing had occured. I remember him well from when i lived in the USVI and he was quite an accomplished liar even back in the 80s and must understand, everything is completely corrupt in the caribbean, public sector, private sector, police, military, finance, industry.the first week i lived in st thomas I was following behind a virgin islands police department patrol car when i observed two (empty) heineken bottles thrown from the vehicle into the bushes. I thought to myself, now this is my kind of island!as a friend stated at the time, and as I eventually learned all too well, let the corruption in the system work for you...I worked as a consultant to government on several islands and was continually amazed at their efficiency at and propensity for siphoning off money.I watched as a dutch engineer who had managed gigantic projects in asia was driven to tears by the corruption infesting his project, including the use of local beach sand for pouring concrete piers, while being billed for sand barged in from Puerto Rico. guess what happens to salt-encrusted rebar when hurricane forces slam into it?anyone who purchased Puerto Rican or US Virgin Island government bonds can just kiss their money goodbye.after cat 5 storms hit in 1989 and 1995, I waited from mid September until Christmas for the power to come back on.after 19 years i had enough but my friends are still there and I pray for their survival and sanity.we have just as much corruption here in the USA but are much better at hiding it...

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GUS100CORRINA Looney Sun, 09/17/2017 - 17:11 Permalink

My response: A concerning development to say the least.Below is one verse from the Gospel of Luke that appears to have relevance in this situation.Luke 21:25 (KJV)25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;If you look closely at Luke 21:25, this makes reference to the solar eclipse that the US just experienced. What is interesting is that the solar eclipse ended right where Hurricanes Harvey and Maria began. The message: This is NOT an accident by any stretch of the imagination and the current tribulation is not yet over. As Thomas Jefferson once said: "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever."But there is hope that is found in Job 28:23-28 assuming America can get right with GOD and heed Thomas Jefferson's advice.Job 28:23-2823-28 “God alone knows the way to Wisdom,    he knows the exact place to find it.He knows where everything is on earth,    he sees everything under heaven.After he commanded the winds to blow    and measured out the waters,Arranged for the rain    and set off explosions of thunder and lightning,He focused on Wisdom,    made sure it was all set and tested and ready.Then he addressed the human race: ‘Here it is!    Fear-of-the-Lord—that’s Wisdom,    and Insight means shunning evil.

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Paul Kersey GUS100CORRINA Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:03 Permalink

I talked to a friend of mine, a retired lineman, who traveled to the Keys last night, but will be heading up to Palm each, where he landed a job with a hurricane damage chasing linemen crew. Each crew member is guaranteed $1,800 per day, whether they are working on the job or not, just to be there on site, ready willing and able Those wages are, of course, union wages.

My friend told me that each lineman will be making over 50K a month. When I talked to him this morning, he hadn't even heard about Maria. However, he wasn't all that displeased with the bad news. At those labor rates, it won't take long to run through that $15 billion in aid that Congress approved.

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MoreFreedom saldulilem Sun, 09/17/2017 - 21:13 Permalink

Bill Maher said there isn't a God because the hurricane missed all of Trump's properties. Knowing how corrupt and crime ridden Puerto Rico is, I think there is a God.  Look at the potentially bright side, if they've cleaned up all the debris, then there's nothing left to blow around and cause damage.  Then if they haven't cleaned up, things will be worse. 

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motoXdude Sun, 09/17/2017 - 16:59 Permalink

Oh another blessing from Arfica approaches us!  Joy!   We're so blessed!  Thank you, Africa!  Everything you give us is just so Wonderful! 

GooseShtepping Moron Sun, 09/17/2017 - 17:00 Permalink

Without the surplus capital provided by the late stages of Western civilization, where is the abundance going to come from to keep rebuilding Caribbean islands once a decade? There will come a time when the old empire is dead, after which there will be no more aid and largess flowing in after the next hurricane. From thence forth, there will be nothing but the most primitive tribes living among those islands, as they lack the human and material capital to build them back up to their prior level of sophistication.I rather suspect that everything between Buenos Aires and the Rio Grande is eventually heading toward the same state. With few exceptions, i.e. the Mayans and Aztecs, that's how it always was. It will mostly revert to jungle without Whitey.