Hurricane Maria Intensifies to ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Category 4, Winds at 130 MPH

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Hurricane Maria Category 4, Hurricane Maria track, Hurricane Maria PathNHC/NOAA

Hurricane Maria forecast at 5 p.m. ET from the National Hurricane Center.

Less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean is facing another major storm with Hurricane Maria. On Monday afternoon, the storm intensified to become an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds at over 130 miles per hour. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are both under Hurricane Warnings already.

Hurricane Maria Category 4, Hurricane Maria track, Hurricane Maria Path

NHC/NOAAHurricane Maria forecast at 5 p.m. ET from the National Hurricane Center.

A Hurricane Watch is also in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat, Martinique, the British Virgin Islands, Culebra and Vieques. As of 5 p.m. ET, the Maria was moving west-northwest at 9 mph, and was 45 miles east-southeast of Dominica. That’s less than 400 miles away from Puerto Rico. The NHC warns that the storm is already “extremely dangerous,” adding that the eye and intense inner core will pass near Dominica in a matter of hours.