Hurricane Maria upgraded to Category 5 as it smashes into Caribbean

Hurricane Maria barreled toward areas of the Caribbean that were already devastated by Hurricane Irma on Monday, while Hurricane Jose continued to churn northward and was expected to bring heavy rains, strong winds and surf swells to the Northeast.

Maria strengthened to a “potentially catastrophic” Category 5 storm Monday night as the eye moved directly over the small island of Dominica in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center.

BREAKING: Hurricane #Maria makes landfall on Dominica as a CAT 5 with winds at 160 mph and pressure of 924 mb. pic.twitter.com/E7D76AT1cM

— HurricaneTracker App (@hurrtrackerapp) September 19, 2017

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