Hurricane Maria path: Latest update on Puerto Rico damage, aftermath

Last Updated Sep 22, 2017 11:38 AM EDT

Hurricane Maria was passing the Turks and Caicos Islands Friday morning as a Category 3 storm.

Two days after Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, people were still being rescued. A British military helicopter pulled three people to safety from the top of a capsized boat. They had made a distress call as the hurricane hit.

Puerto Rico was still without power Friday and may have no electricity for months. The U.S. territory’s governor said its death toll has risen to 13. The storm has killed at least 30 people across the Caribbean.

Follow along below for live updates on the storm. All times are Eastern unless otherwise noted. 

An animation provided by the National Hurricane Center shows Category-3 Hurricane Maria churning about 45 miles east southeast of Grand Turk Island, and 100 miles north of the Dominican Republic, at 1:45 a.m. Eastern, Sept. 22, 2017.

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11:38 a.m.: Maria passing Turks and Caicos Islands

Hurricane Maria is churning northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands with top sustained winds of 125 mph.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the core of the major Category 3 hurricane is about 55 miles north of Grand Turk Island. It’s moving to the northwest at 8 mph.

A hurricane warning continues to be in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as the southeastern Bahamas. The storm is expected to turn toward the north and northwest later Friday and head northeast and east of the Bahamas through Sunday. Maria is also expected to begin to gradually weaken over the next 48 hours.

A map shows the probable path for Hurricane Maria as of 11 a.m. ET on Sept. 22, 2017. The M stands for “major hurricane.” The red areas represent hurricane warnings. The blue areas represent tropical storm warnings.

National Hurricane Center

6:58 a.m.: Maria’s eye near Turks and Caicos Islands

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Maria is near the Turks and Caicos Islands while rains and dangerous high waves are starting to subside along the northern coast of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 35 miles east-northeast of Grand Turk Island and is moving northwest at 7 mph.

The Category 3 hurricane has maximum sustained…

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