Where is Hurricane Maria?

The 8am EDT update from the NOAA National Hurricane Center placed Maria about 85 miles east of Martinique and about 120 miles east-southeast of Dominica.

It is moving at 12mph in a west-northwesterly direction.

Maria has now intensified into a category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110mph, andĀ is expected to strengthen rapidly during the next 48 hours as it reaches the Leeward Islands.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Martinique and St Lucia.

There is also a Hurricane Watch in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra, the US and British Virgin Islands, Saba and St. Eustatius, St Maarten, St Martin, St Barts and Anguilla.

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