Latest Forecast & Projected Path as Hurricane Maria Descends on Antilles (Video)

Just as the recovery efforts on Sint Maarten/Saint Martin are kicking into high gear, another storm — this time, Maria — is heading for the Antilles. It’s difficult enough for this community to deal with it’s situation of near-complete devastation — trying to rebuild and get back to a somewhat normal state of being — than to have yet another storm predicted to hit within the next 36 to 48 hours.

In it’s latest weather update, the National Hurricane Center has indicated that Maria has strengthened to a hurricane and is being predicted to turn into a major hurricane as it heads towards the Lesser Antilles. Winds are sustained at 75 mph (120 km/hr) as the storm moves west/northwest at 15 mph.

If that’s not enough, tropical depression Lee is forming just behind Maria but, at latest report, the storm was weakening. For locals on the island, and those others that haven chosen to stay and help rebuild, it’s tantamount to a hurricane version of Russian Roulette. Another storm and more rain, combined with high winds could be a fatal blow, a tipping point, to an already tenuous situation for many.

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Jon Strong

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited, more than 10 years ago! Since then, I've spent a lot of time here getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website where I share my thoughts and love about Saint-Martin (French side) and Sint Maarten (Dutch side) with the world. I hope you enjoy it!

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