Hurricane Maria has been picking up some serious steam in the Atlantic. Within a time span of 24 hours, Maria went from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane. Much of the Caribbean islands that were affected by Irma will now have Maria to deal with in the coming days.
Latest Update: Puerto Rico has an official death toll of 62 as a direct result of Hurricane Maria. According to a report from The New York Times, as many as 1,052 may have died from the hurricane.
Maria is blowing winds as fast as 130 mph. The eye of the storm is expected to pass over Dominica tonight. But as of an hour ago, Maria was spinning 45 miles east-south-east of Dominica and 35 miles north east of Martinique. According to forecasters, Maria is moving towards Dominica at 9 mph.
Maria may strike Puerto Rico on Wednesday. As a result of the impending hurricane, evacuation orders have been issued in parts of the island. “This storm promises to be catastrophic for our island,” said Ernesto Morales with the U.S. National Weather Service in San Juan. “All of Puerto Rico will experience hurricane force winds.”
Can Irma strike the Sunshine State of Florida. Some Spaghetti maps say that it’s a possibility. However, this GFS model coming from the U.S. shows Maria moving past sunny Florida…
Here’s another GFS map, which shows the storm skirting the Sunshine State…
— Ozzie Espinosa (@OzzieEOfficial_) September 18, 2017
Take a look at the European ECMWF models. Everyday at 2 A.M. and 2 P.M., a new model for Hurricane Maria is released. According to the Euro models, Maria may interact with Hurricane Jose later this week.
The Euro model Ensembles are very encouraging this morning on Maria. We'll keep watching. pic.twitter.com/Tk87MtEuvF
— Michael White (@michaelwhitewx) September 18, 2017
It looks like Maria is headed out to sea…
Overnight euro model for Maria pic.twitter.com/p0QiGYoDKw
— Stanton (@StantonThe3rd) September 18, 2017
Here’s a side-by-side difference between the U.S. and European models for Hurricane Maria…
— Krusmir (@krusmir) September 18, 2017
Here’s one last GFS map to close out this article.