- Hurricane Maria will tear past the Dominican Republic later this morning but is not forecast to make landfall.
- The storm is back at category 3 strength with maximum sustained winds of 115mph.
- Puerto Rico is “totally devastated” and without power after Maria made a direct hit yesterday as a category 4 storm.
- Dominica’s death toll has hit 24, according to the latest reports.
Bringing you the latest Hurricane Maria path updates, storm track, weather models, forecasts, tracking maps and videos as the storm moves through the Caribbean.
Here are live updates from the the NOAA, National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the National Weather Service (NWS) as well as the most advanced weather models from around the world. All times EDT.
5am: Maria ‘continues to lash Dominican Republic’ – latest NOAA update
Heavy winds and rain are pummelling the Dominican Republic as Hurricane Maria continues to hurtle towards the island.
A deadly storm surge of 4 to 6 feet is expected within the hurricane warning area, and 1 to 3 feet elsewhere along the northern coast of Hispaniola.
The latest NOAA update locates the storm about 70 miles north of Punta Canta, Dominican Republic, and about 350km southeast of Grand Turk Island.
Water levels will rise by as much as 9 to 12 feet within the hurricane warning are of the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Maria continues to have maximum sustained winds of 115mph and is moving at 9mph in a northwesterly direction.
The NOAA said: “ On the forecast track, the eye of Hurricane Maria will continue to pass offshore of the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic today.
“Maria should then move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas tonight and Friday.”
Hurricane Maria path: Latest NOAA update
4.30am: First photos of Maria damage in Puerto Rico
The first photos have emerged from Puerto Rico, showing the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
Buildings are destroyed and roads are flooded in San Juan, with one image showing a road almost completely blocked by fallen trees.
Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello described Maria as “the biggest and potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century”.
His spokesman Carlos Mercader, added: “This is total devastation. Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same. This is something of historic proportions.”
The entire island is currently without mains electricity…