STORM TRACKER: Maria closes in on Dominican Republic

Hurricane Maria is shutting in on the Dominican Republic after it knocked out energy in Puerto Rico in what was the second major charge to hit the U.S. domain in two months.

The eye of Maria is streamer towards the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos, melancholy charge surges that will lift water levels by as much as 12 feet above normal tide levels, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, which struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, enervated to a Category 2 before it regained its strengthened to Category 3 early Thursday while its core was 55 miles northweast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Weather Forecast MapsWind gusts, 21°N 73°W, 2017/09/21 3:00 PM (UTC−04:00), ©

In the Dominican Republic, 4,000 tourists in the Bavara-Punta Cana area on the eastern tip of the island were changed to hotels in the collateral of Santo Domingo.

About 100 flights were canceled and the supervision dangling school and sent workers home.

“The supervision has prepared itself for the misfortune case unfolding and so should the people,” presidential executive secretary Jose Ramon Peralta said.

Maria posed no evident hazard to the U.S. mainland. The long-range foresee showed the charge out in the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of miles off the Georgia-South Carolina seashore by Monday morning.

Previously a Category 5 with 175 mph winds, Maria hit Puerto Rico as the third-strongest charge to make landfall in the U.S., formed on its executive pressure.

It was even stronger than Hurricane Irma, which roared into the Florida Keys progressing this month.

With News Wire Services

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