One death as hurricane hits islands still grappling with aftermath of Irma

Hurricane center forecasters have said it “now appears likely” that Maria will still be at category 5 intensity when it moves over the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to the AP.

The center of the storm was forecast to move over or near the US Virgin Island of St Croix and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday, leading to “life-threatening” floods.

Here is the latest storm surge and rainfall information for Hurricane #Maria https://t.co/YlzxOX5EWB pic.twitter.com/nAMenPJPnK

Reporter Daniel Cassady provided this update from San Juan earlier this afternoon as Maria continued to edge closer:

The capital city of Puerto Rico seemed calm this afternoon. In the morning, there was a sense of urgency on the road, and the few people who were out on the street were securing their windows with plywood or corrugated steel. From Guaynabo to Old San Juan, most businesses, with the exception of grocery stores and gas stations, were closed.

People are lined up to get ice in preparation for Hurricane Maria. @leylasantiago reports from San Juan, Puerto Rico https://t.co/93IOMHpo0H pic.twitter.com/wVjW9xb0Am

523 in the shelter #SanJuan #HuracanMariaPR pic.twitter.com/pdAmaoXP4j

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