Weather experts have issued warnings that the latest category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria, is heading straight for the United States following the devastation it inflicted on the Caribbean when it made landfall in Dominica last night. According to reports from Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Maria tore the roof off every single building in an “avalanche of torn away roofs” and destroyed everything that “money can buy”.
A GFS model, that accurately predicts storm paths, shows that Hurricane Maria is due to skirt past Florida and make landfall in North Carolina by Tuesday, September 26. The model’s prediction indicates that the cat 5 hurricane will pass through N Carolina and make its way up the US East Coast, possibly continuing as far as New York.
Nick Petro of the National Weather Service in Raleigh said in a statement that even if Maria changes course and stays “hundreds of miles” away from the East Coast, rip currents would be “guaranteed”. Scott Krentz of the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, said that evacuation orders will be issued once forecasters have “better confidence” of Maria’s pathway which should be by Friday or Saturday.
Hurricane maria is predicted to make landfall on the us east coast by early next week
According to Express, parts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks are currently under water as Hurricane Jose passes to the east. Last week, about 45,000 homes were left without power as Hurricane Irma blew through the state as a tropical storm, uprooting trees and dumping inches of rain. Irma was blamed for one fatality after a man died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator used to power his home during the storm.
Maria made its first landfall as a category 5 hurricane in Dominica shortly after 9 pm EDT on Monday (2 am BST this morning). The island has been struck with “widespread devastation”, according to its Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. He wrote on Facebook: “So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. “My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains. “So far, the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. “The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside.” the caribbean has been devastated by the recent hurricanes
In the last few hours, it has skirted past Guadeloupe, bringing powerful winds and heavy, near-horizontal rain. Maria is on track to reach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands tonight and Wednesday. The NOAA warned: “Hurricane conditions should spread throughout portions of the hurricane warning area in the Leeward Islands this morning. “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. “The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.” Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will see waters rise between 6 and 9 foot if the peak surge coincides with the high tide. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Saba, St Eustatius, St Maarten, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Anguilla and Isla Saona to Puerto Plata. Hurricane conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area in the Dominican Republic late Wednesday, with tropical storm conditions possible by early Wednesday.