HURRICANE MARIA: Storm batters Turks and Caicos

Author:
Publish date:
Map of path of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria was pushing through the Turks and Caicos islands today as a Category 3 storm with heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge.

Maria could dump as much as 20 inches of rain in some spots on a path that will take it to the Bahamas and eventually the open Atlantic.

Meanwhile, bands of rain continued to soak parts of Puerto Rico, even as the center of the hurricane moved away.

The Weather Channel said the storm also continues to pound the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and strong winds. Wind gusts over 60 mph have been clocked along the northeast Dominican Republic coast.

The Weather Channel said Maria has killed at least 30 people in the Caribbean and tens of thousands of people were without power in the Dominican Republic.

Maria was expected to slowly weaken during the next 48 hours and then will begin to lose strength faster as it reaches colder waters in the Atlantic.

The Weather Channel said the center of Maria should remain well to the east of the Southeast U.S. coast through the next five days.

The Washington Post said, however, that it was too soon to say Maria is not a threat to the East Coast; the storm could come uncomfortably close to North Carolina’s Outer Banks by about Wednesday.

If Jose weakens quickly or does not stall the way forecast models are suggesting, Maria would have the opportunity to track closer to the East Coast midweek, the Post said.

Singer Marc Anthony said he was supporting relief efforts for Puerto Rico. Anthony joined supporters of the United for Puerto Rico initiative spearheaded by the island’s first lady, Beatriz Rosselló.

Maria devastated Puerto Rico, knocking out power to the entire island in the worst Category 4 storm to hit there directly since 1932.

Related

NMMA to Hold State of the Industry Webinar

The March 4 webinar takes place at 11 a.m. and includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Sanlorenzo Reports 2020 Financials

Gains in the Asia-Pacific and Americas markets offset losses for the Italian builder’s superyacht division.

Into the High Season

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks dealers about restocking inventory and more, as the new season looms.

It Takes Two to Tango

The boom in boat sales we’re enjoying is a result of the combined efforts of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Besenzoni - for over 50 years ambassador of made in Italy in the world - designs and produces accessories for pleasure and commercial boating characterized by simple and functional design

Besenzoni constantly assists its customers in 90 countries with 187 representative points and a direct assistance network consisting of 164 operating units around the world coordinated by the headquarters.

Sea Tow Saves Cold-Stunned Turtles

Its Corpus Christi outfit is rescuing turtles that were affected by the deep freeze in Texas.