Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Maria to move across Dominica this evening

The center of extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Maria is expected to move across Dominica this evening into tonight.

Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Dominica.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

At 5pm, Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 15.1 degrees north and longitude 60.7 degrees west or about 45 miles east southeast of Dominica. Maria is moving west northwest at 9mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 130 mph with higher gusts. Maria is now an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

On the forecast track, the center of Maria is expected to move across Dominica during this evening into tonight. Additional rapid strengthening is forecast during the next 24 to 36 hours.

Radar and satellite imagery indicated that moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds to tropical storm force associated with Maria are affecting Dominica. The forecast is for this activity to continue and intensify at times as the center moves nearer to Dominica along with sustained winds of tropical storm and hurricane force. Rough to dangerous seas are also expected to continue into Tuesday.

Residents are advised to keep safe and resist the urge to go sight-seeing. Reports indicated that a few landslides and rising water levels are already occurring.

Expected rainfall amount for Dominica is between 10 to 12 inches (250 to 300mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas.

Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise extreme caution as life threatening flash flooding is imminent or already occurring.
Sustained winds of tropical storm and hurricane force are occurring or will occur shortly this evening into Tuesday. Be mindful of flying debris and avoid outdoor activities.

Swells generated by Maria are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions and coastal flooding.

A Small-Craft Warning and a High-Surf Advisory are in effect for dangerous seas and high winds.

A small-craft Warning means in this case that surface winds greater than 25knots and seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area.

A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses or is expected to pose a threat to life and property within the surf zone.

Mariners and other users of the sea should remain extremely cautious. DO NOT VENTURE OUT OF PORT. Sea bathers stay out of the water.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

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9 Comments

  1. September 19, 2017

    Love you mom, Kyle& Robbie
    To everyone we know in my husbands country . May God bless all of you and keep everyone SAFE!!
    ❤️️??❤️️

  2. L C
    September 19, 2017

    our prayers are with u dominica

  3. L C
    September 19, 2017

    let us all seek God more than ever my prayers are with u dominica Love u all once there is life there is hope

  4. Genny (Parker) Abbott
    September 18, 2017

    I lived on the gorgeous island of Dominica for 2 years when I was 6 and 7 years old (I am now age 70. We lived on the Atlantic side of the island in La Plane–the really rugged side. This was the only place in this world I really felt was home. I have called it “my island”. Now, to think of it being destroyed by hurricane “Maria”, is so very sad. I pray for all the beloved people and pets in Dominica and all of the Caribbean. Genny (Parker) Abbott.

  5. Let the Truth Be Known - Original
    September 18, 2017

    Only on Sunday I heard that Hurricane Maria was a Category 1. It has escalated its Category to 4 so soon?
    God help and protect Dominica. In Jesus Name I pray.

  6. Ken McIntyre MD
    September 18, 2017

    Thoughts and prayers going out to the wonderful people of Dominica. I was a guest of the graciouus people of Dominica 1980 to 1982 as a student. I have fond memories of those days and will keep my eye on the situation and oppportunities too help.

  7. Los
    September 18, 2017

    Good luck and God bless

  8. September 18, 2017

    Please all take shelter!!! May God be with you.

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