Hurricane Maria damage as Puerto Rico loses power before storm's path hits

Karmen Lewis of Detroit Lakes rode out Hurricane Irma in this house on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Karmen Lewis of Detroit Lakes rode out Hurricane Irma in this house on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The French island of Martinique escaped Hurricane Maria largely unscathed but a communications blackout with Guadeloupe meant it would be several more hours before damage there could be assessed, a senior French Civil Protection official said on Tuesday. The last Category 4 hurricane landfall in Puerto Rico occurred in 1932, and the strongest storm to ever hit the island was San Felipe in 1928 with winds of 160 miles per hour. The eye of the storm can be clearly seen in the video, with swirling cloud surrounding it. The last major hurricane to strike Puerto Rico directly was Georges, which made landfall there as a Category 3 storm in 1998, he said.

Hurricane Maria has intensified into an extremely risky Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale and is expected to strengthen further, the US National Hurricane Centre says.

As of Tuesday evening, Maria had top winds of 175 miles per hour and a minimum pressure of 909 MBs.

"We have lost all what money can buy and replace", Dominica's premier Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook, saying there were initial reports of "widespread devastation". Hurricane Maria barely slowed to a Category 4 rating as it landed on the southeastern part of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico has been spared from a direct hit by hurricanes that tend to veer north or south of the island. Many on the island are still without water. Meanwhile, the "center of Maria is approaching the northern coast" of the USA commonwealth.

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If Maria holds its current strength, it will be the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 85 years.

"This is going to be an extremely violent phenomenon", Gov. Ricardo Rossello said.

"This is an extremely, extremely unsafe hurricane", USVI Gov. Kenneth Mapp warned Tuesday, adding that the area would see storm surges of six to nine feet and up to 20 inches of rain.

Combined, Irma and Maria have now retained Category 5 status for more than four days, a tally not exceeded since the 1932 hurricane season, according to Colorado State University hurricane scientist Phil Klotzbach.

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