The National Hurricane Center in Miami says an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane took the reading Tuesday evening as the storm was about 70 miles (115 kilometers) southeast of St. Maria is moving west-northwest at 10 mph (17 kph), and is expected to pass near the U. Virgin Islands on Tuesday night and hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday. An even stronger Hurricane Maria is moving steadily toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and is likely to still be a powerful Category 5 storm when it arrives. Croix and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday, bringing with it "life-threatening" flooding from rain and storm surge. France's interior minister has made an initial damage assessment after Hurricane Maria passed over two French Caribbean islands and says at least 150,000 homes are without electricity.
Rip current warnings were posted from north of Wilmington to the Virginia state line. About 25,000 households lost electricity and two small towns are without potable water after Hurricane Maria roared past the French island of Martinique, damage considered minimal. The prefect, or highest French official, of Guadaloupe, Eric Maire, said in a video via Twitter that some roads and homes were flooded and heavy rain is expected to continue.They say two other people are reported missing after their boat sank off La Desirade island, just east of Guadeloupe. Officials say Les Saintes, Marie-Galant, Petit-Bourg and La Desirade have been the hardest hit. that the extremely dangerous Category 5 storm is forecast to hit the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday.Roads are littered with fallen branches and trees but only limited infrastructure damage has been reported. A company that tracks the status of the internet around the world says most of Dominica's internet service appears to be down in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The top sustained winds of the storm are near 160 mph (260 kph) and the Miami-based center says some fluctuations in intensity are likely over the coming days.(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti) The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Jose's top winds have decreased to about 70 mph (110 kph) Tuesday night, and it's expected to weaken more over the next two days. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported Tuesday night that the storm was about 30 miles (45 kilometers) south-southeast of St.The storm is 230 miles (275 kilometers) south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and is forecast to pass well east of New Jersey's coast Wednesday. Croix and about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.