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MARIA REGAINS CATEGORY 5 STRENGTH

MARIA REGAINS CATEGORY 5 STRENGTH

September 19, 20172012Views

Recent reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Maria has re-intensified to category 5 status, with estimated maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.

Since issuing the 5:00 AM advisory by the National Hurricane Centre, Maria has regained a category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour (mph).

The centre of Maria was located near latitude 16.0 degrees North, longitude 62.3 degrees West.

Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 miles per hour (mph) and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.

On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will move over the northeastern Caribbean sea today and approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday.

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane while it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

The minimum central pressure estimated from reconnaissance data is 930 millibars.

Hurricane conditions should spread through the remainder of the Hurricane Warning area later today and Wednesday.

STORM SURGE:  A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 7 to 11 feet above normal tide levels in the hurricane warning area near

where the center of Maria moves across the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Rainfall: Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches and isolated 20 inches across the British Virgin Islands.

Rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

All residents of the BVIare urged to monitor the movement of Maria closely and take action to protect life and property

Please continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website (bviddm.com) and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular updates.

Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.