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Hurricane Maria To Become Dangerous Major Storm As It Nears Caribbean Islands

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In its latest update, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has said Hurricane Maria has sustained a maximum winds of 90mph (150 km/h). The eye of the storm is 100 miles east of Martinique, and Maria is moving west-northwest at about 13mph.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion," the NHC says.

The most southerly point of the Leeward Islands - where Maria will first strike - include Antigua and Barbuda. The latter island was evacuated after being devastated by Irma.

The NHC says that "a dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 5-7ft (1.5-2.1m) above normal tide levels near where the centre of Maria moves across the Leeward Islands".

It also forecasts a maximum potential rainfall of 20in (51cm) in some areas of the central and southern Leeward Islands - including Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands - through to Wednesday night.

"Rainfall on all of these islands could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," it warned.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for Puerto Rico, the US and British Virgin Islands, St Martin, St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla.

Some of these islands are still recovering after being hit by Irma - the category five hurricane which left at least 37 people dead and caused billions of dollars' worth of damage.

www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41302157

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