Hurricane Maria Is Back and Stronger Than Ever

The Background 

Just as many Caribbean islands are starting to pick up the pieces after Irma, it looks like another loathsome lady is heading their way. Tropical storm Maria was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane yesterday and appears to be following the exact same path of destruction. According to the National Hurricane Center, Maria is heading towards Barbados with wind speeds of 75 mph (120 kmph). CNN

What Else You Need to Know

Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat are all under a hurricane warning and Martinique, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Lucia are under a tropical storm warning. Many of the islands affected by Irma are now under a hurricane watch, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Anguilla. The NHC is warning residents about what’s coming, saying “Maria is likely to affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid week as a dangerous major hurricane.”

What’s Next?

The NHC will continue to monitor the storm. At this point, they’re concerned about flash flooding and mudslides in the affected regions.