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.