Hurricane Maria began battering Puerto Rico Wednesday, tearing off roofs and sending doors flying off their hinges.
Though it weakened to a Category 3 storm, Maria knocked out power to the entire island as it moved across Puerto Rico. The National Weather Service said the center of the storm will move away from the northwestern coast of the island Wednesday afternoon and pass off the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic through the evening into Thursday.
“Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to remain a dangerous major hurricane through Friday,” the service said.
Maria is expected to bring dangerous winds, a storm surge, and heavy rainfall to places that lie in its path.
“Everyone in Puerto Rico should follow advice from local officials to avoid life-threatening flooding from storm surge and rainfall,” the service said earlier Wednesday.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern Bahamas.
Here are four maps that show the path, strength, and potential impact of the dangerous storm: