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Hurricane Maria Roars Across Caribbean; Puerto Rico Facing Direct Hit

(CBS News) — Hurricane Maria slammed the Caribbean as a powerful storm Monday night, making landfall on the island of Dominica with Category 5 strength. The National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday “it now appears likely” that Maria will remain a Category 5 storm when it hits Puerto Rico. As of 4 p.m. Pacific Time, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 175 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Dominica’s prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said there were reports of “widespread devastation” throughout the small island. He said the storm’s winds ripped the roofs off his home as well as many other buildings. There were no immediate reports of deaths, but Skerrit said he would assess the damage when the storm has passed.
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  The NASA Day Cloud Convection RGB uses multiple bands to help discriminate liquid/low clouds (yellow) from ice/high clouds (white)  in this GIF of Hurricane Maria.
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Maria is targeting other islands that did not get the full fury of Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Those islands include St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The “potentially catastrophic” hurricane was located about 110 miles southeast of St. Croix on Monday afternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Authorities in Puerto Rico, which faces the possibility of a direct hit, warned that people in wooden or flimsy homes should find safe shelter before the storm’s expected arrival on Wednesday. “You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you’re going to die. I don’t know how to make this any clearer,” said Hector Pesquera, the island’s public safety commissioner. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Puerto Rico had 500 shelters capable of taking in up to 133,000 people in a worst-case scenario. He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was ready to bring drinking water and help restore power immediately after the storm. “This is going to impact all of Puerto Rico with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations,” he said. “We’re going to lose a lot of infrastructure in Puerto Rico. We’re going to have to rebuild.” Just two weeks after Hurricane Irma sideswiped San Juan, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello walked through the streets of the city, making sure no one was taking any chances, CBS News’ David Begnaud reports. “Please let us help you,” Rossello told one family. Irma knocked out power in Guaynabo and 70 percent of the rest of the island, including the home of 68-year old Hector Pena-Gomez. He’s bedridden with Parkinson’s disease. “We’re going to do our best to take you to a safe place,” Rossello told Pena-Gomez.
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The forecast track for Hurricane Maria on Sept. 19, 2017.
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A hurricane warning was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat and portions of the Dominican Republic.

A dramatic series of social media posts at the height of Hurricane Maria put the spotlight on the prime minister of the small Caribbean island of Dominica. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s online messages Monday were the most detailed, and colorful, descriptions of an island just as communications with the outside world were abruptly cut by the storm. “Rough! Rough! Rough!” the 45-year-old leader wrote at one point. He has since been rescued. Skerrit’s posts drew widespread attention on the tiny island as it was ravaged by the second cyclone to clobber it in the last three years. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, the prime minister also used social media to give updates and try to raise aid when Tropical Storm Erick devastated the island in 2015. Officials say one person has died on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe after being hit by a falling tree. It’s the first death attributed to Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm. Authorities say the person did not comply with orders to remain indoors on Tuesday morning. They say two other people are reported missing after their boat sank off La Desirade island, just east of Guadeloupe. Akamai Technologies, a company that tracks internet status around the world, says most of Dominica’s internet service appears to be down. The company says it sees small spikes of activity, but far less than normal on Tuesday. It says it’s possible that the island’s electrical system is down. About 25,000 households lost electricity and two small towns are without potable water after Hurricane Maria roared past the French island of Martinique. The head of French civil security, Jacques Witkowski, told reporters in Paris on Tuesday that it was too soon to say whether the French archipelago of Guadeloupe was so lucky. Communications there have been difficult. He says two people suffered minor injuries. The prefect, or highest French official, of Guadaloupe, Eric Maire, said in a video via Twitter that some roads and homes were flooded and heavy rain is expected to continue. He told island residents to “remain inside” amid the flood threat and warnings by forecasters of possible landslides. France is upping its manpower in the region, with two flights taking off on Tuesday, the first carrying 160 firefighters and military personnel to Martinique.
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People clear debris in Saint-Pierre, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017.
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Family and friends of people studying at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica are anxiously trying to find news of their loved ones following the passage of Hurricane Maria. The school says there is widespread loss of communication on the island. Many messages posted on Facebook by friends and family say they have been unable to talk to students since late Monday evening as the storm approached. One woman says her husband spoke to their daughter at 6 p.m. as the storm was in full force. She wrote that her daughter was “very scared but safe with friends.” But she has not heard from her since.

Mark’s Tuesday Evening Forecast

A dry southwesterly flow will continue to keep storms away from New Mexico on Wednesday. Temps will top out in the mid 80s here in the Albuquerque area and the low to mid 90s across the south.  A cold trough will dig down to our west by late in the work week. This trough will draw up additional moisture and the chance for showers should increase through the weekend and into next week.
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Tracking Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria is currently a Category 5 storm, that is expected to be a still-powerful Cat 4 storm when it hits Puerto Rico. Here is the current track forecast:  
hurricane maria five day track Tracking Hurricane Maria

(Credit: CBS Miami)

Here is the probability of tropical storm force winds as it nears the coast of Florida later this week:
maria winds Tracking Hurricane Maria

(Credit: CBS Miami)

 

John’s Tuesday Afternoon Forecast

Showers and storms will be a rare occurrence across New Mexico this afternoon. A dry westerly flow will dominate today’s weather, leading to lots of sunshine, warm temperatures, and gusty winds. The highest winds will be found along and east of the central mountain chain. A little moisture south of the state could lead to a couple of spot storms across the southeast later this afternoon. The weather remains mostly unchanged through Thursday. Then a storm system drops closer to the state for Friday and the weekend. This will help enhance shower and storm chances, especially the farther north and west you go. The storm system will also help temperatures drop heading into early next week.
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Tracking Hurricane Jose Off U.S. Coast

Jose is currently a category 1 hurricane. Here is the latest track:  
hurrcane jose Tracking Hurricane Jose Off U.S. Coast

(Credit: CBS Miami)

  Here is the probablity of tropical storm force winds along the East Coast:  
jose winds Tracking Hurricane Jose Off U.S. Coast

(Credit: CBS Miami)

Small Earthquake Reported In Illinois, Felt In 3 States

ALBION, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a small earthquake in southeastern Illinois was felt across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The USGS says the preliminary 3.8-magnitude earthquake occurred at 6:47 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday about 7 ½ miles (12 kilometers) northeast of the city of Albion. The agency says the quake caused light to moderate shaking and very light damage. The quake’s preliminary depth was a little more than 7 miles (11.5 kilometers). The Edwards County Sheriff’s office in Albion says there have been no reports of damage or injuries. The USGS says shaking was felt in Terre Haute and near Bloomington in Indiana, Owesboro and Paduch in Kentucky, and Effingham and Carbondale in Illinois. Albion is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Louisville, Kentucky. (TM and © Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Kristen’s Tuesday Morning Forecast

TUESDAY: Morning temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s will warm to the 70s, 80s and 90s this afternoon. Expect a good amount of sunshine to blanket the state with only a few spot storms possible over the far Southeast Plains. Winds will gradually increase throughout the day – expect sustained speeds of 15-25mph in most areas with stronger winds (+25mph) likely for those in and around the Northern Mountains and I-40 corridor (east). WEDNESDAY: Breezy conditions will stick around for another afternoon. High temperatures will stay near to just above seasonal averages with the Albuquerque-metro area topping out in the mid- to upper 80s. LATE WEEK: A storm system crossing to our north will  help pull up moisture over the state. Expect increasing winds and rain chances late Thursday into Friday… with cooler temperatures to follow.
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