3 PM EDT – Maria Strengthens into a Category 5 Again After Briefly Weakening Overnight

Maria weakened to a category 4 overnight after making devastating Dominica as a category 5, but strengthened into a category 5 again this morning, and has intensified further this afternoon.

As of the 3 PM EDT intermediate advisory, Maria had maximum sustained winds of 165mph. a minimum central pressure of 920 millibars, and was moving west-northwest at 10mph.

Maria remains on track to move over or near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands late tonight/tomorrow as a major, potentially catastrophic category 4 – 5 hurricane.

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