Hurricane Maria recovered category 5 from "extremely dangerous" on Tuesday morning, after devastating the island of Dominica and now heading for Puerto Rico on its destructive path through the Caribbean.
At 0800 local time (12:00 GMT) the National Hurricane Center (CNH) reported that the eye of the cyclone was located 135 kilometers west of the island of Guadalupe and maintained winds of 260 kilometers per hour .
The unit said that Maria travels to the northwest at 15 kilometers per hour and in that trajectory the eye of the meteor will approach the Virgin Islands and British, as well as Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday.
Mary's potential declined slightly to category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale - with a maximum of five levels - after it hit Dominica on Monday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Maria landed at 21:15 Monday in Dominica as Category 5 (the maximum on the Saffir-Simpson scale) and left "a widespread devastation" on the island, according to the first reports of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in his account Facebook.
In Dominica, authorities this morning evaluated the damage caused by the hurricane to the island nation of more than 73,000 people.
So far we have lost everything that money can buy. My biggest fear in the morning is that we will wake up with news of injuries and possible deaths as a result of landslides caused by constant rainfall, Skerrit said in his social network.
The French and British excolonia and independent since 1978, depends on its economy of tourism and agriculture, industries vulnerable to the ravages of a hurricane.
Maria is the strongest storm recorded in Dominica and would be the strongest to lash Puerto Rico in 85 years. The governor of that island, Ricardo Rossello, declared the state of emergency in anticipation of the powerful cyclone.
In the islands of Guadalupe, San Cristóbal and Nevis and Montserrat a hurricane warning of the CNH is still in force.
US President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico to receive federal assistance in the wake of hurricanes in the area.
Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Irma less than two weeks ago and damages are estimated at 600 million dollars. President Trump announced that he plans to visit the island, a Commonwealth to the United States, to verify the damages.
Hurricane Irma, which hit the region last week with a Category 5 force, caused serious damage to the US Virgin Islands: St. Thomas, St. John and Santa Cruz.
The number of deaths attributed to Irma is 81, of which 38 occurred in the United States, mainly in the Florida Keys, with several Caribbean islands hit hard by the cyclone, including Cuba and Dominica, which virtually disappeared.