When Will Hurricane Maria Hit St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands?

When Will Hurricane Maria Hit St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands?

Category Five Hurricane Maria has torn through the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica leaving a trail of damage and destruction.

If Maria strikes the island as forecast, it will be "more risky than Hugo and Georges", the Centre said.

The prime minister said crews would begin rescue efforts as soon as the all clear sign was given.

Guadeloupe was going on "red alert" Monday with schools, businesses and government offices ordered closed, as was neighbouring Martinique.

Ms Patel said British troops, police and aid experts were "working relentlessly" to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. The ports are expecting the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph within the next 24 hours.

With maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour), the storm slammed into the island as a Category 5 hurricane.

Hurricane Maria is just one of the three storms in the Atlantic Ocean right now, but it's the most risky for the Caribbean region that was hit hard by Hurricane Irma only a few days ago.

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Hurricane Maria is predicted to deluge the Caribbean with up to 15ins (38cm) of rain, with "isolated maximum amounts of 20in (51cm)" expected in the British Virgin Islands. "From that perspective, it's a really tense moment and one that places Puerto Rico in a more precarious situation than before". Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings/Watches have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands. "This much water in Dominica is risky".

According to this model, the eye of the hurricane would remain offshore but Maria could still impact the coast on September 26 and 27.

The model showed that Maria could impact the northeast of SC, from Charleston to North Myrtle Beach, and places like Norfolk in the southeast of Virginia.

The surf remains rough along the New Jersey shore and there's a chance for some coastal flooding because of Jose.

Norma's maximum sustained winds decreased to 45 miles per hour Monday afternoon.

Norma had winds of about 85 kph and it was centred about 255 kilometres southwest of Cabo San Lucas.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lee weakened into a tropical depression far out in the Atlantic while Hurricane Otis weakened far out in the Pacific.

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