Sent to Caribbean rush region:
Maria is likely to affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid week as a dangerous major hurricane. The latest NHC forecast states Maria could affect these areas as a Category 4 storm with winds near 140 mph. Hurricane watches have been issued for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and could be extended to Puerto Rico early Monday. Interests in these areas should monitor the progress of Maria and follow any advice given by local officials.