The United States has been dealing with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma since both eventually made landfall in the U.S. mainland. After losing dozens of lives and hundreds of thousands of properties being destroyed in Florida and Texas, the U.S. braces for additional hurricanes that could potentially hit the east coast.
Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria brewed in the Atlantic following a similar path to the destructive Hurricane Irma. Although Jose isn’t expected to cause too much damage due to the eye being further out in the waters, Maria recently strengthened to a Category 3 and is set to make landfall in U.S. territories soon.
Puerto Rico, U.S. territory who recently dealt with millions losing power as a result of Irma, is awaiting Maria’s “catastrophic” crash. Additionally, a warning was put into effect on Monday, September 18th for another U.S. territory— the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to a statement released by the National Hurricane Center, “Maria Rapidly intensified into a major hurricane. The eye is expected to move through the Leeward Islands late this evening (September 18th).”
The statement also clarified, “A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Meteorological Service of Antigua has issued a Hurricane Warning for the British Virgin Islands, and a Tropical Storm Warning for Anguilla.” See the full statement below.
Fortunately, U.S. mainland has not yet been a part of any hurricane warnings in relation to Maria. Although, USA Today reported that Florida could be a target later on.
According to CNN, the people of Puerto Rico are expected to face life-threatening situations as this would be the first Category 4 hurricane in over 80 years if Maria continues to strengthen. Please pray Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and others in the path of Hurricane Maria as it approaches land.
In other breaking news, a famous Christian evangelist tragically died over the weekend at a very young age. Please keep his family and loved ones in your prayers, as well. Thank you!