Hurricane Maria Category 5 Moves Closer To Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria odels continue to shift away from Sebastian and Vero Beach in Florida, but the storm will cross Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
Hurricane Maria odels continue to shift away from Sebastian and Vero Beach in Florida, but the storm will cross Puerto Rico on Wednesday. (Photo: NOAA)

SEBASTIAN, Florida – Hurricane Maria has continued to gain strength as it nears Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Maria is potentially a catastrophic hurricane as it passes near the U.S. Virgin Islands tonight and over Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Maria has maximum sustained winds of 165 mph.

Florida residents in Sebastian and Vero Beach are watching Hurricane Maria closely as it NOAA’s cone of uncertainty projects the storm offshore.

Puerto Rico residents were told to “evacuate or die” in an early announcement by officials at 3:00 p.m. today.

“Maria’s core is expected to move near or over St. Croix and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday, bringing life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall impacts to portions of those islands,” the National Hurricane Center said in a statement.

Hurricane Maria gaining strength with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph as it approaches Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria gaining strength with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph as it approaches Puerto Rico. (Photo: NOAA)

A hurricane warning is also in effect for the remainder of the Virgin Islands and the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, where Maria is expected to bring dangerous wind, storm surge, and heavy rainfall.

Hurricane Maria is no threat to the City of Sebastian or City of Vero Beach at this time. The concern now is where the storm will make landfall north of Florida.

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Andy Hodges began his career in the field of radio and TV broadcasting where he worked for about a decade. The Jupiter, Florida resident then pursued computers as they were coming to market in the late 1980's. Andy has owned a computer business, been a software programmer, and has worked as a Senior Systems Analyst/Engineer in the Information Technology sector in Atlanta. He eventually returned to Florida and made Sebastian his home in 2002.