The people down in Puerto Rico are having a pretty hard time, they had just been hit by category 5 Hurricane Irma and now is being hit by Hurricane Maria.
SAN JUAN, P.R. — Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico with a one-two punch of high winds and driving rain before beginning its deliberate march toward the Dominican Republic late on Wednesday as a weakened Category 2 storm.
The storm took “quite a hit” from Puerto Rico’s high mountains, the National Hurricane Center said in an update late Wednesday. Still, officials warned that Maria could regain its “major hurricane status” by Thursday.
Forecasters said Maria left Puerto Rico around 2 p.m. on Wednesday and was hovering off its northwest coast about three hours later. At least one death had been reported there. Officials expect the strong winds and storm surge flooding there to subside by early Thursday and they have canceled Puerto Rico’s hurricane warning. Heavy rain, however, is expected to continue.
The storm’s center is expected to pass near the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic early Thursday, then approach the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas by sometime Thursday night, according to a hurricane center advisory.
Forecasters predict that Maria will regain its status as a Category 3 hurricane around 11 p.m. Thursday.