Boats remain anchored in a wharf as Hurricane Maria approaches in Guadeloupe island, France, September 18, 2017.
MIAMI – Hurricane Maria has grown into a maximum-strength Category Five storm, US forecasters said Monday, as it was bearing down on the Caribbean island of Dominica.
The "potentially catastrophic" hurricane had top winds of 160 miles (257 kilometers) per hour as it swirled just 15 miles east-southeast of Dominica at 0000 GMT Tuesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
Maria went from a Tropical Storm to a Cat 5 Hurricane in just over 27 hours. Wind speeds increased ~90 mph within that span.*prelim data pic.twitter.com/Wu2ldsrlsa— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) September 19, 2017