Hurricane Maria: Strongest Puerto Rico Landfall in 89 Years

As if Harvey and Irma’s record-setting devastation in the U.S. weren’t bad enough, Maria is threatening to set a record of its own.

Puerto Rico — on the verge of becoming the 51st U.S. state — has been under water economically since its bankruptcy and failed economy.

Now the island will literally be underwater as Maria is running for a direct hit at Category 4.

The storm has already destroyed several Carribean islands and decimated the Dominican Republic.

Now it’s on track to be the largest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century.

When this is all over, we’ll have witnessed three of the largest hurricanes in history, all in the same region.

No doubt this will have global warming econuts in a frenzy of ‘told-ya-so’ froth.

Here’s more from Wunderground…

Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, became the strongest Puerto Rico landfalling hurricane since before the Great Depression, and continues to lash the island and the nearby Virgin Islands with destructive winds, flooding rain and storm surge.

The eye of Maria came ashore near the town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, around 6:15 a.m. AST Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.

The eyewall of Maria continues to carve through Puerto Rico, passing just south San Juan, lashing the capital with eyewall winds. In advance of the eyewall, the National Weather Service issued a “extreme wind warnings” for several eastern Puerto Rico municipalities.

Over a dozen river gauges reported levels above flood stage. The Rio Grande de Manati near Ciales shattered its previous record and the Rio Gurabo at Gurabo was rapidly nearing its record crest set in September 1960.

The National Weather Service office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, warned of “catastrophic damage” from Maria’s winds, as well as “life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible devastating impacts” in a hurricane local statement issued Wednesday morning.

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