9/20/17 - 12:30 AM EDT

Sent to Caribbean push region:

Hurricane Maria is located 20 miles SSW of St. Croix with winds of 175 mph. Sustained hurricane-force winds are being reported on St. Croix. The center should reach Puerto Rico in about 8 hours. If you are in the path of this hurricane, take shelter in the sturdiest building you can find and stay in place until the storm passes. Maria will produce extreme wind damage throughout the region tonight and into tomorrow morning. We pray for everyone's safety tonight. 

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9/19/17 - 8PM EDT

Sent to Caribbean push region:

Maria is now a 175 mph Category 5 hurricane. Maria is moving closer to St Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Maria's core is expected to move near or over St. Croix and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday, bringing life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall impacts to portions of those islands. Everyone in these areas should follow advice from local officials to avoid life-threatening flooding from storm surge and rainfall.

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9/19/17 - 5PM EDT

Sent to Caribbean, FL/Bahamas & Bermuda push alert regions:

Hurricane Maria is a powerful Category 5 hurricane today with winds of 165 mph. Maria is tracking across the northeastern Caribbean toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, Maria will bring life-threatening storm surge, flooding rainfall and destructive winds to the area tonight and tomorrow morning. We pray for everyone's safety.

As of now, the latest model guidance suggests that Maria will not impact the lower 48, but we will keep an eye on any potential changes and keep you updated. Bermuda should keep an eye on Maria as it could get close enough for impacts.

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Today's 12Z European Ensemble run courtesy of Weatherbell.com

Today's 12Z European Ensemble run courtesy of Weatherbell.com