Puerto Rico is taking a direct hit from a high-end category 4 hurricane this morning. Hurricane Maria makes landfall in US territory of Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 250km/h (155mph)
Tourists are taking shelter in hotel ballrooms.
Tweets read: “We need help in Puerto Rico, utility poles down everywhere I can see from my home, apt behind my house lost roof!”
“Alarm now going off at hotel.”
“Daybreak ! Extreme winds pounding our hotel in Fajardo.
Maria is hitting Puerto Rico hard right now. Electrics out in my hotel, the noise is incredible and the winds rattling shutters off hinges.”
“Hotel Miramar, San Juan Puerto Rico in the midst of Hurricane Maria.”
Maria, the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico since 1928, had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.
The storm is expected to bring up to 16 inches of rain to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and up to 25 inches to Puerto Rico, causing potentially deadly flash floods and mudslides. The islands could also see several tornadoes throughout Wednesday.