According to the National Hurricane Center, St. Lucia is the latest island to issue a hurricane warning as Hurricane Maria threatens most of the Caribbean less than two weeks after the region was brutalized by Hurricane Irma.
According to AccuWeather, conditions are conducive for the storm to ramp up into a major category 3, or stronger, hurricane as it crosses the islands and waters of the northeastern Caribbean Sea into Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands late today and tonight, and then over the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea Tuesday and Tuesday night, according to The National Hurricane Center.
Power outages and structural damage are likely. Small craft should remain in port and cruise and cargo ships should avoid the area, according to the report.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico (Vieques and Culebra); the U.S. Virgin Islands, the The British Virgin Islands, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barts and Anguilla.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados.