Hurricane Maria Picks Up Strength as it Heads for Turks and Caicos

The forecast track of Hurricane Maria as of Thursday afternoon // Map by the National Hurricane Center

As of 2 p.m. today, the National Hurricane Center is reporting that Hurricane Maria has gotten “a little stronger” as it heads towards Turks and Caicos.

According to the National Hurricane Center’s latest public advisory, Maria's eye will continue to pass offshore of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic today, and then move near or just east of the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas tonight and on Friday. For a complete island-by-island Hurricane Maria report, click here.

A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as four to six feet above normal tide levels in the hurricane warning area in the Dominican Republic, and one to three feet elsewhere along the northern coasts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic (from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata) and the southeastern Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the area of the Dominican Republic west of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. There is also a tropical storm warning for the area of the Dominican Republic west of Cabo Engano to Andres/Boca Chica. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the central Bahamas.

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