• Maria is Category 5

    From CNN Breaking News@VERT to no-reply@siteservices.cnn.com on Mon Sep 18 18:12:35 2017
    A "potentially catastrophic" Hurricane Maria is now a Category 5 storm,[1] packing 160 miles per hour winds as the eye nears Dominica and the storm takes aim at the US territory of Puerto Rico.

    "The extremely dangerous core of Maria is expected to pass over Dominica within the next hour or two," the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 p.m. ET advisory. "Maria is likely to affect Puerto Rico as an extremely dangerous major hurricane, and a hurricane warning has been issued for that island."

    The core of Maria is forecast to approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Wednesday. The region still is recovering from Hurricane Irma.

    "We want to alert the people of Puerto Rico that this is not an event like we've ever seen before," Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told reporters Monday.

    "This is an event that will be damaging to the infrastructure, that will be catastrophic, and our main focus -- our only focus right now -- should be to make sure we save lives."

    He added that Maria's size means all of Puerto Rico will experience hurricane conditions.

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    Another hurricane, Jose, is churning off the coast of North Carolina. Forecasters don't expect it to make landfall in the US, but it's causing "dangerous surf and rip currents" along the East Coast, the hurricane center said.

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