When Hurricane Irma Hits: What You Need to Know
When Hurricane Jose hit Puerto Rico last year, it killed an estimated 7,400 people.
Hurricane Maria, meanwhile, is a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of up to 160 miles per hour.
It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. since Category 5 Wilma in 2005.
But it also killed hundreds of people and caused widespread destruction.
We’re taking a look at the three main points that Hurricane Maria will have in store for Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Jose Hurricane Jose is forecast to bring sustained winds up to 165 mph and heavy rain.
Maria, however, is forecasted to bring down to 60 mph winds.
Maria will bring heavy rain to the islands, with the heaviest amounts likely to fall as early as Saturday.
The most powerful storm to hit Puerto Ricans has already killed an unknown number of people, according to the Puerto Rico Governor.
Puerto Rico Gov.
Ricardo Rosselló said the death toll is likely to climb, adding that more than 2,300 people were reported missing.
The hurricane is forecast as a Category 2 storm with winds of 70 mph or higher, and a Category 3 hurricane with winds up or above 80 mph.
Maria’s eye is predicted to hit at 8 p.m.
ET Friday, making it the first Category 2 hurricane to reach Puerto Rico since Wilma.
Puerto Rican President Ricardo Rosseyó said Maria’s arrival will have “huge impacts on life and livelihoods” in the island territory.
Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosseó, left, with Maria.
Puerto Rica’s President Sergio Orlando Miranda.
A report by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and a report from the U