During the middle to latter part of next week, possibilities range from the hurricane remaining offshore to landfall in the U.S. from North Carolina on north.
How far to the west Maria travels north of South Carolina will depend on the strength of the high pressure area and the interaction of the existing non-tropical storm in the Southeast states and a new non-tropical storm from the Midwest.
San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)Hurricane Maria regained strength Thursday morning as it continued to ravage the Caribbean, with the Turks and Caicos islands next in its crosshairs.
From The New York Times:
Beyond the immediate damage from winds up to 155 miles per hour, continuous rain flooded coastal communities as well as neighborhoods in the central, mountainous areas of the island, which is full of rivers and streams. One person was reported dead, though the power failure has largely cut off communication with some of the worst-hit areas.
Residents woke Wednesday to the clamor of strengthening wind gusts, with the memory of Hurricane Irma still fresh. By afternoon, the whole island had lost electricity.
“There has been nothing like this,” said Ramón Lopez, a military veteran who was holding back tears outside his neighborhood in Guaynabo, on the northern coast near San Juan, the capital. “It was the fury. It didn’t stop.”
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