As of the 8am Update from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Maria is still a major category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 115mph. You can see on the map, that Maria is not expected to be a threat to land for the next few days. We need to keep a close eye on the track into early next week, as it begins to push NW and toward the US coastline.
There is considerable hope that she will interact with the remnants of Jose and be pulled out to sea, never making landfall on the mainland US.
As far as Puerto Rico is concerned, the worst case scenario has unfolded. Reports are that the entire island is without power, and as the image suggests, it’s going to take weeks and months to clean up and repair the damage.
Our friends in Puerto Rico will need our help in the coming weeks, just like our friends in Houston and Florida, possibly even more so. I’m sure we’ll continue to get more information on the situation today.