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 Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times 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 that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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