Hurricane Maria’s center nearing Turks, Caicos Islands with wind speeds near 125 mph

As Hurricane Maria continues to change and evolve the National Hurricane Center is tracking its progress and projected path. (All times are ET):

5 a.m.

The National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. that Hurricane Maria maintained its intensity with 125 mph winds as the eye of the storm approached Turks and Caicos Islands.

Torrential winds and high waves have begun to subside along the northeast coast of Hispaniola.

2 a.m. Friday

As of 2 a.m. Friday, Hurricane Maria continued to barrel closer towards Turks and Caicos Islands with speeds of 125 mph.

The National Hurricane Center reported torrential winds and high waves continued along the northeast coast of Hispaniola.

“The eye of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 21.2 North, longitude 70.5 West. Maria is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph, but a motion toward the
north-northwest is anticipated later today and Saturday. On the forecast track, Maria’s eye will gradually move near or just east of the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas today,” the report stated.

11 p.m.

Hurricane Maria is still slowing making its way towards Turks and Caicos Islands. Torrential rain and dangerous high waves are expected along the north coast of Hispaniola.

The storm is 90 miles north northeast from Puerto Plata and around 65 miles east southeast from Grand Turk Island.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata and Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic west of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for central Bahamas.

8 p.m.

The large eye of Hurricane Maria is gradually approaching the Turks and Caicos islands with wind speeds up to 125 mph.

As of 8 p.m. ET, Maria was around 80 miles east southeast of Grand Turk Island and around 85 miles north northeast of Puerto Plata Dominican Republic.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata and Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic west of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for central Bahamas.

6 p.m.

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