Hurricane Maria makes 1st Category 4 landfall for Puerto Rico in 85 years!

THIS POST SHALL BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT WEDNESDAY AS MARIA CROSSES PUERTO RICO!

11.55am BST BREAKING: Hurricane Maria has made landfall on the southeast shore of Puerto Rico as a 155 mph Cat 4 storm.

Slight weakening occurred just prior to PR landfall with the collapse of eye and replacement of outer eyewall.

10am BST

Credit: weather.com

2017 will be one of those years that will be long remembered through the Caribbean. Like with Irma just 2 weeks ago, Hurricane Maria has powered to a top end Category 5 monster packing estimated sustained winds of 175 mph with gusts of around 200 mph.

Unlike Irma, though a VERY intense and multi-record breaking hurricane, the pressure of Maria dropping to 909mb has entered the top 10 list of deepest Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history.

For a second time in just a matter of weeks, we’ve witnessed remarkable hurricane intensification and nature at it’s most powerful and destructive over the same body of water.

Maria is at peak intensity as it crosses over the tiny island of St Croix likely causing devastation and is now making a final approach to Puerto Rico where they’re prepared for the very worst.

Most powerful storm in Puerto Rico history nears landfall in a matter of hours…

Just after going from Category 1 to 5 within 24 hours, the island of Dominica appears to have been severely damaged if not essentially wiped out.

Amazing footage from nearby Guadalupe.

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