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Hurricane Maria Headed For Puerto Rico As Island Struggles To Recover From Irma

.With the National Hurricane Center calling for Hurricane Maria to develop into a category one hurricane on Sunday as it hurtles toward the Lesser Antilles, several meteorologists have superimposed the latest forecast cone for Maria over the path traveled by Hurricane Irma, and the result is chilling for many residents in the Caribbean.

 

After Irma hammered numerous Caribbean islands, leaving a million people in Puerto Rico without power and essentially wiping the tiny island of Barbuda off the map (not to mention the damage it caused in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina), it now appears that Maria could deal another devastating blow to the islands before they’ve had a chance to recover. In the chart below shared by Richard Dixon, a meteorologist at Cat Insight, areas within the yellow band in the chart below have a greater than 20% chance of experiencing hurricane-force winds next week as Maria glides over the Caribbean. Meanwhile, the blue band represents the path taken by Irma.

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