close
Advertisement
Can't connect right now! retry

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!
AFP
September 19, 2017

Hurricane Maria intensifies to Category Two storm

World

AFP
September 19, 2017

MIAMI: Hurricane Maria strengthened to a Category Two storm on Monday with winds of 110 miles per hour as it menaced Caribbean islands already hard-hit by megastorm Irma.

The US National Hurricane Centre expected Maria to grow into a "major hurricane" -- a Category Three -- later on Monday with the French territory of Guadeloupe, the staging area for relief operations for several islands battered by Irma, in the crosshairs. Warnings were also triggered for Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and the British island of Montserrat. As of 1200 GMT the storm was swirling about 85 miles east of Martinique, according to the NHC, on track to barrel across the eastern Caribbean late on Monday and into the night.

The agency said the storm could produce "a dangerous storm surge" along with "large and destructive waves" that could raise water levels by five to seven feet when it cuts its path across the eastern Caribbean.

Guadeloupe was going on "red alert" on Monday with schools, businesses and government offices ordered closed, as was neighboring Martinique. Each has a population of around 400,000 people.

Maria is bearing down on the vulnerable island region just after Irma unleashed fury there, leaving some 40 people dead in the Caribbean before pounding Florida and killing at least 20. —

Topstory minus plus

Opinion minus plus

Newspost minus plus

Editorial minus plus

National minus plus

World minus plus

Sports minus plus

Business minus plus

Karachi minus plus

Lahore minus plus

Islamabad minus plus

Peshawar minus plus