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The Wall Street Journal: Maria upgraded to hurricane, aims at already battered Caribbean

CRUZ BAY, U.S. Virgin Islands — Tropical Storm Maria became Hurricane Maria on Sunday, casting a long shadow of fear and uncertainty over a swath of the Caribbean that was slammed by Hurricane Irma less than two weeks ago.

Hurricane Maria was about 140 miles east northeast from Barbados by Sunday evening with sustained winds of 75 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane was expected to strengthen during the next two days, becoming a major hurricane by Monday night and threatening the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by midweek, the center said.

Tropical Storm Maria is forecast to become a hurricane later today.

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