Hurricane Maria regains Category 5 strength as it moves towards Caribbean countries affected by Irma

Hurricane Maria expected to strengthen as it moves towards Caribbean countries affected by Irma

The Hurricane (pictured here as a tropical storm) has become a category 5 hurricane

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The latest hurricane to threaten has been upgraded to category 5 strength as it moves towards the beleaguered archipelago.

Hurricane Maria regained its cat-5 rating this morning, as it heads towards the region left devastated by Hurricane Irma. The rating means it is extremely dangerous.

The storm rapidly intensfied - grew stronger over a short period of time - before it made landfall in Dominica.

It has prompted alerts across the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and Monserrat, the first two still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

The Foreign Office is advising against all trips to the region as the hurricane is predicted to make landfall in the region on Tuesday or Thursday.

The storm is predicted to produce up to 12 inches of rain, and damage and coastal flooding is expected.