Still recovering from Irma, Puerto Rico braces for Hurricane Maria

The rear view of the hurricane-struck house on St. John's that sheltered Karmen Lewis of Detroit Lakes

The rear view of the hurricane-struck house on St. John's that sheltered Karmen Lewis of Detroit Lakes

The tens of thousands of Boricuas who live in Miami are anxiously staring at CNN and Twitter this morning, hoping against hope that everyone in Puerto Rico stays safe as the catastrophic Hurricane Maria rakes the island.

Of those storms, Irma and Maria have reached rare "Category 5" status, with sustained winds of 160mph.

Maria is expected blast the Puerto Rico island with wind and rain for more than 12 hours.

Hurricane Maria has intensified into an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale and is expected to strengthen further, the US National Hurricane Centre says.

Maria is expected to dump as much as 63.5cm of rain on parts of Puerto Rico and bring storm surges, when hurricanes push ocean water dangerously over normal levels, of up to 2.74m, the NHC said.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night to say, "Be careful, our hearts are with you".

Two other main islands of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas and St. John, were devastated.

The roofs of 70 percent of the island's homes had been torn off, according to authorities.

Hurricane Maria was being blamed for at least one death on the French speaking Caribbean nation of Guadeloupe on Monday.

"The eye [of the storm] has rapidly intensified over the last 48 hours or so and it's barreling toward the US Virgin Islands", meteorologist Julie Phillips of WFLA said.

Maria also roared across Dominica earlier on Tuesday, causing widespread damage and knocking out virtually all communication towers.

Through Wednesday. unsafe Maria will, sadly, directly affect numerous same Caribbean Islands that Hurricanes Irma and Jose disrupted and / or devastated in recent weeks.

About 80,000 homes lost power in Guadeloupe. "She starts crying and I start crying".

Grisele Cruz sought safety in a school, saying facing another storm means- "we're going to be without services for a long time".

"For Irma, we were very prepared", Rosselló said on CNN.

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