Hurricane Maria is on the move and leaving devastation and loss behind her. So far, the latest storm coming in from the Atlantic Ocean has caused nine deaths – two on the French island of Guadeloupe and seven in Dominica, and it's still possible the storm will make landfall on mainland in the United States. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the nation was devastated.
Hurricane Maria most recently hit offshore Puerto Rican islands Vieques and Culebra before making landfall in the small town of Yabucoa and tracking northwest toward San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico.
Hurrican Maria was a Category 4 storm with winds between 130 and 156 mph when it hit Puerto Rico. According to The Weather Channel, Hurricane Maria is the strongest storm to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 89 years.
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According to the National Hurricane Center, Maria is projected to continue on a northwest path toward the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday before moving toward the southern Bahamas on Friday. Longer-term forecasts are less certain, but Hurricane Maria is predicted go north into the Atlantic and move between the American East Coast and Bermuda.