Hurricane Maria has been rapidly consolidated in Monday's category 4 and was moving towards the Caribbean, while the former were further strengthened by Tuesday. It is anticipated that throughout the day by the Windward Islands.
The storm has a tray with fire near many islands destroyed by Hurricane Irma and then to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti. Maria could hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday, said Ernesto Morales of the US National Weather Service in San Juan.
"This storm promises to be catastrophic for our island," he said. All Puerto Rico will experience hurricane force winds.
The US National Hurricane Center reported that Maria had maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (120 miles) shortly before noon on Monday. Its vortex was about 95 km (30 miles) east of Martinique.
Hurricane warnings were issued for the islands of Guadalupe, Dominica, San Cristóbal, Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique; and by tropical storm for Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Lucia. Other islands remain on alert for possible changes in the storm. In addition to activating the notices by Virgin Islands of the United States and Great Britain, San Martin, San Bartolomé and Anguilla.
The hurricane center indicated that hurricane conditions began to affect parts of the Windward Islands on Monday night, with waves between 1.2 and 1.8 meters (4 to 6 feet) near the center of the storm . It is anticipated that 15 to 30 centimeters (6 to 12 inches) of rain will be deposited on the islands, with more loading in remote areas.
Maria could directly hit Puerto Rico, which was largely spared Irma's step, which quit smoking on much of the island. The meteor could remember Wednesday and a day later in the Dominican Republic.
Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello said officials had prepared about 450 shelters with a capacity of nearly 68,000 people, up to 125,000 in an emergency. He said the classes were suspended for Monday and that government employees worked half a day.
It is "a highly dangerous situation for Puerto Rico," the official said at a news conference. He explained that according to the models of the center of Hurricanes, Maria can cross or pass very close to the coast on the island and "at least it will bring much water to Puerto Rico."
In the Dominican Republic, the Emergency Operations Center began preparations on Sunday and brigades work on the cleaning of the roads affected by Irma.
The Dominica government ordered schools and permanent offices closed on Monday and recommended that private companies do the same. The eye of the hurricane is expected to touch land on the island or pass very close. An alert was issued which is located in the population living near the rivers, in areas of vulnerable areas of the area safer and recommends the fishermen to stay in port. He also prepared shelters for possible evacuations.
On the neighboring French island of Guadeloupe, authorities announced the cancellation of all school activities as of Monday by the storm. They announced that a "red alert" hurricane rule from noon Monday, a fin of the entire population is protected.
On the other hand, Hurricane Jose moved north of the United States coast in the Atlantic. It was 440 km (270 miles) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and moves at 15 km per hour (9 mph) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km / h (85 mph).
In the Pacific, Norma had winds of 85 kilometers per hour and was centered 255 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.