Millions of Puerto Rico residents continue to reel from Hurricane Maria as the National Weather Service says the storm could bring "direct impacts" to the US East Coast in the coming days.
At least 10 people on the island have been confirmed killed by the storm, according to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's office.
Much of the US commonwealth is without power and many residents are without running water. Officials have evacuated towns near the Guajataca River on the northwest part of the island, due to fears a dam could collapse.
The National Hurricane Center warns the storm is marching toward the US East Coast. "It becoming increasingly likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast next week," the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory on Saturday. "Interests in the Bahamas and along the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts should monitor the progress of Maria." Forecasters expect "dangerous surf and rip currents" along southeastern US beaches over the next several days. "Swells from Maria are increasing along the coast of the southeastern United States and are expected to reach the mid-Atlantic coast tonight and on Sunday . ... These swells will likely cause dangerous surf and rip currents at the beach through much of next week," the hurricane center said.
The Category 3 storm is carrying maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and is 245 miles east of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. It is moving at 8 miles (13 kilometers) per hour. "Maria will move away from the Bahamas into the open waters of the western Atlantic today," the center said.
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I'm going to get serious again for this theme - Current Natural Disasters. There's so much going on Earth right now that I cannot name all the locations. Hurricane Irma hit many islands in the Caribbean along with Florida and also some other states as a Tropical Storm. Hurricane Maria pummeled more islands and is still an active system in the Atlantic Ocean, its future path still unknown. This is a slightly cropped vintage postcard of the Caribbean.
This is in addition to other Hurricanes such as Harvey, Typhoons, and Cyclones (same thing, different parts of the world) in other places. I've not been able to keep up. On top of that there's been flooding in places such as Mumbai, India.
The toll of these weather disasters goes beyond lives lost - they're economic disasters for whole areas. Barbuda is basically uninhabitable. Puerto Rico with 3.5 million people is without power and 70,000 people are being evacuated near a dam that's expected to fail. In the US Virgin Islands St John and St Thomas took a harder hit from Irma, but St Croix got hit worse by Maria. Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Dominica, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and the Florida Keys all had damage. I've probably missed some islands.
All of these places need help. If you're inclined to pray then it doesn't hurt to pray. Let us hope that the rest of Hurricane Season is less active. This will be such a long recovery. For many of these places tourism is a major industry and the loss of this revenue is going to make recovery even more difficult.
Please join me again tomorrow when we'll go to another area hit by a different disaster. And let's hope that things slow down. It's too much to handle.
#naturaldisasters #hurricaneirma #hurricanemaria #caribbean #westindies #virginislands #hurricane #hurricanes #2017hurricaneseason #globalwarmingisreal #caribbeansea #caribbeanislands #floridahurricane #ouragan #huracán #orkaan #desastrenatural #tarjetapostal #caribbeansea #mappostcard #deltiology #timetravelerpostcards #time_traveler_postcards #igdaily #ig_daily #igpostcard #oldpostcards #oldpostcard #vintagepostcard #vintagepostcards
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At Tampa, Florida
Know any #NativeMiamians or #Moving friends who are new to #MagicCity, have them call 305.204.2462!
#ChicagoToMiami #CaribbeanParadise #NewToMiami #MiamiPostIrma #RealEstatePostHurricane #Fall2017 #PhotoOfTheDay #HappyClient #MiamiSkylineView #WaterView #MovingOutOfMiami #Brickell #BiscayneBay #MovingChecklist #MiamiMegaMarketing #RealtorWithBestMarketing #2017HurricaneSeason
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At Brickell Bay Drive Condo
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Please continue to pray for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Specifically, the pastor of the my church down there lost his house in the storm. I have also heard there was significant damage to the YWAM, an organization whose people opened their arms to me by inviting me to their Christmas Eve dinner so I wouldn't have to spend it by myself after just moving to the island.
To be honest, that is why I fell in love with the island... the people there are so willing to love and accept "outsiders." The believers there prayed consistent, heartfelt prayers that their little island would turn to Jesus and away from the drugs and violence that the island has become known for. I know that will continue to be their prayer as they pick up the pieces after Maria. Please, please, please continue to pray. I also have donation information for my church down there as well as the YWAM and the Lighthouse Mission in Christiansted.
#stcroix #usvi #hurricanemaria
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Evacuate they said. Tugh....... I've been in the car for 13 hours. That makes this trip a 42 hour trip in total. 3 Kids 1 adult. 17 potty breaks. Don't even get me started on the price this evacuation cost.
I say all that to say this... Hurricane Maria, bring it on!! You can be a category 18, I'm not leaving again. I've officially been initiated into Florida.
ARE WE THERE YET?!?!?!?!?!
#floridalife #IndianaNative #singlemommyof3 #roadtrip #hurricaneirma #hurricanelife #evacuation #2017hurricaneseason #blessed but #exhausted
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So much devastation in the Caribbean from hurricane Maria and in Mexico from the earthquake.
Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. Please 🙏🏻 for my family and all those on the Island of Puerto Rico. - No power on the entire island (they are saying for approximately 4-6 Months!!) - No water for 90% of the island, no sewer system. - Tsunami warning alarms went off for Ponce Puerto Rico! - Areas are already experiencing flash floods! In some areas the water is two stories high! - There are flash flood warnings for most of the island.
What is happening to our world? So much devastation. It breaks my ❤️. May God wrap his arms around and watch over our loved ones during this difficult time. May they never lose hope or their faith, may they stay safe and may God bless each and every one of them.
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Through these difficult times and hardships for many I am proud to be apart of such a united community and helping our fellow neighbors in this time of need. It will be a long road to recovery but together we can & we will rebuild. Thank you to ALL the service men and women helping to keep order and controlled chaos under wraps.
#hurricaneIrma #floridastrong #keystrong #keyweststrong #wewillrebuild #conchrepublicstrong #2017hurricaneseason
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At Key West, Florida
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At Apopka, Florida
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At Madame's Estate
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Throwback to hurrican irma (fuckin bitch) and sending my love and light to all my puerto rican brothers and sisters i hope hurricane maria behaves but strap up this is gonna be a wild hurricane season... #miami #wynwood #hurricaneirma #hurricanemaria #2017hurricaneseason #photography #nature #picoftheday #instaphoto #instapic #instagood #igers
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At Wynwood Art District
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This one is going to hurt!!! Smack diagonally through the middle of it, coming in on the southeast & going out on the northwest. The high mountains will help with the wind, but the water will hit the entire island, from all around oceanfront to mountain rivers overflow. #hurricane #hurricanemaria #2017hurricaneseason #puertorico
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I am all for being a strong independent woman. But these female hurricanes are taking it to a whole new level this year. I want to check out of hurricane season early this year. Is that an option? Who can make this happen? #hurricaneirma #hurricanejose #hurricanemaria #2017hurricaneseason
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Not sure how much more we can take... #hurricanmaria (already a #cat5) right after #hurricaneirma... my heart hurts 💔 #puertorico #aguadapr #usvi #climatechange #biggerstorms #morefrequentstorms #2017hurricaneseason #algorewarnedus
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The onslaught continues. Preparations in order for #hurricanemaria . Pray for the islands as we recover from #irma we hope Maria changes course.. likely see an intense infrastructure fall out after this second major hurricane moves through. Updates to follow. #usvi #2017hurricaneseason #cat3
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At Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital
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At Orlando, Florida
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Myself and several colleagues are scheduled to travel to MD and then on to the northeast. To keep things exciting we thought we'd bring a hurricane with us. Currently, Jose is scheduled to hit each state on the same days we are there. LMAO #hurricanejose #2017hurricaneseason #hurricanekitforbiztravel
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