"This season has been an overachiever by almost every index", said Bob Henson, a meteorologist for Weather Underground, a forecasting service.
What stands out is the combination of frequency and intensity. De Rosa's wife has family in Caguas, on the eastern side of the island.
Vionette Fernandez, a Puerto Rican accountant who lives in Miami, said that in addition to the loss of power, her biggest concerns were blocked roadways and limited access to drinking water after the storm.
He also works as a flight attendant, so he is working his airline connections and plans to take everything he collects down to the island in the coming weeks.
The warning comes Maria hit Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, devastating the country and leaving over three million people without power after the storm caused catastrophic flash flooding.
Right now, I'm in San Juan. And the people will because they're strong.
Now they are coping with the reality that they've escaped into the middle of Hurricane Maria's angry path. An area of high pressure is located near Bermuda.
When asked what their current plan is, Perkins responded, "survive".
There were no immediate details from Delgado. So far, it did not look likely to threaten the continental United States. We actually are on the ocean - our room faces the ocean. It's pretty windy but there is no rain. Most of the island is without power.
The NHC said: "Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to remain a dangerous major hurricane through Friday".
Has this happened in Puerto Rico before? Edwin Melendez of Hunter College says it will be weeks before the human toll and the cost of the storm become clear. "Jose was instead 200 miles or so and the Outer Banks got blasted with rain and wind". Yeah, you said the trees were being ripped up, you can see out there. The fishing community near San Juan Bay was hit with a storm surge of more than 4 feet (1.2 meters), he said.
"The house is steady", Ramos told CNN. Many shops were already closed, she observed. Those who refused to evacuate were forcibly removed. It added damage to the island could be in the billions of dollars. A tropical storm warning was issued for Martinique, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Anguilla. "A lot of stress can be involved", Neal said.
As of 2 p.m. ET, the Category 3 hurricane was 15 miles (20 kilometers) west of Arecibo, Puerto Rico - home to the world's second-largest radio telescope - and about 95 miles (155 km) east of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The usually blue green seas in many places are now a muddy brown from the earth swept down hillsides and into the water. "It didn't. And right up until landfall in the Florida Keys, the forecast was always adjusting Irma to the west. West, west, west".
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It is then expected to pass offshore of the northeast coast of the Dominical Republic later today.
The head of French civil security, Jacques Witkowski, told reporters that it was too soon to say whether the French department of Guadaloupe had fared as well.