Caribbean on edge as storm Maria grows into major threat

Sep 18, 2017, 6:01 AM EDT
Tropical Storm Maria 17/09/2017
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Just days after storm Irma cut tracks of devastation in the Caribbean islands, the region is on the edge once again as Maria, a category one hurricane moving roughly along the same path, threatens to grow into a major storm over the next 48 hours.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane warnings for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique, cautioning that the storm might cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in the region which is still reeling under the impact of disastrous Irma, notes the BBC.

Storm Maria rumbled towards west-northwest through the Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 86mph on Sunday and is feared to derail the recovery and rescue efforts, piling more misery in the wake of Irma, writes The New York Times.