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Hurricane Maria to strengthen into Category 4 major storm in 48 hours

Maria is one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it poses the most danger to the hurricane-battered Caribbean according to CNN

IANS  |  Washington 

A man walks on Havana's sea wall as the ocean crashes into el Morro light house, after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Havana, Cuba.
A man walks on Havana's sea wall as the ocean crashes into el Morro light house, after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Havana, Cuba.

Maria is forecast to become a major before it hits the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, intensifying to a Category 4 in the next 48 hours, the media reported on Monday.

As of Monday 2 a.m. (local time), Maria was about 145 km north-northeast of Barbados and about 270 km east-southeast of Dominica, the US-based National Center said.

The has strengthened into a Category 1 with of 90 mph, and is forecast to continue moving toward the eastern at 13 mph, reports CNN.

"Maria continues to strengthen and is expected to be at major intensity when it affects portions of the Leeward Islands over the next few days, bringing dangerous wind, surge and hazards," the Center said.

"Maria is likely to affect the British and and by mid-week as a dangerous major "

Maria is one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it poses the most danger to the hurricane-battered Caribbean, CNN reported.

Maria has prompted a warning for Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat.

A tropical warning is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Lucia.

A watch is in effect for the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Anguilla.

The catastrophic Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25 resulting in massive and deaths of 83 people.

Irma, the most intense in the Atlantic, hit the islands on August 30, leaving a trail of destruction through Puerto Rico, Cuba and Florida. It killed 82 people.

First Published: Mon, September 18 2017. 14:50 IST
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