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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017. 8:30 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Category four hurricane, Maria, is currently tearing through Puerto Rico with flooding rain, damaging winds, and storm surge flooding. Maria made landfall after ravaging the Virgin Islands and Dominica.

According to a report from the Weather Channel, Maria is the most intense hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since before the Great Depression. On Thursday, Maria is expected to pass near the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos on Friday.

A hurricane warning is now in effect for the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas.

Maria continues to lash the island and the nearby Virgin Islands with destructive winds, flooding rain and storm surge.

At around 6:15, the eye of Maria was near the town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service issued “extreme wind warnings” for several eastern Puerto Rico municipalities.

The Guardian reports that Dominica has recorded at least 7 deaths as a result of Maria.

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