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Hurricane Maria roared onto Puerto Rico early Wednesday as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, blasting the island's most populated areas with life-threatening gusts nearing 200 mph after slamming smaller Caribbean islands along the way.

Maria made landfall near Yabucoa on the island's southeast coast around 6:15 a.m., striking the area with sustained winds of 145 mph that are expected to last for 12 to 24 hours, forecasters said. 

Hurricane Maria which bore down menacingly on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after devastating the tiny island nation of Dominica and Hurricane Jose (top) are both seen in the Atlantic Ocean in this NOAA's GOES East satellite image taken at 21:45 p.m. EDT on September 19, 2017 (0145 UTC, September 20, 2017).     Courtesy NASA/NOAA GOES Project/Handout via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1C72E7E190

Hurricane Maria which bore down menacingly on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after devastating the tiny island nation of Dominica and Hurricane Jose (top) are both seen in the Atlantic Ocean in this NOAA's GOES East satellite image.  (NASA/NOAA)

Maria had previously been a Category 5 storm with 175 mph winds.

"Maria will bring a potentially catastrophic combination of storm-surge flooding, destructive winds and flooding rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands," Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Wednesday.

The number of power outages spiked on Puerto Rico as Maria approached, with the storm now centered about 30 miles west of the capital of San Juan, and moving northwest at 10 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

"Maria will bring a potentially catastrophic combination of storm-surge flooding, destructive winds and flooding rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands."

- Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean

"This is going to be an extremely violent phenomenon," Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said. "We have not experienced an event of this magnitude in our modern history."

Video taken moments ago in #SanJuan - as #MariaPR ravages through #PuertoRico, help us recover by donating to https://t.co/xSFEX78SdW pic.twitter.com/csH0CKXySK

— PRFAA (@PRFAA) September 20, 2017

More than 11,000 people were in shelters, Rossello said.

Metal roofs were already flying and windows were breaking as Maria approached Puerto Rico before dawn, with nearly 900,000 people without power and one tree falling on an ambulance.

Walls blown in at restaurant I ate dinner at 12 hours ago #Fajardo #HurricaneMaria pic.twitter.com/xvCkcInYSF

— Mike Theiss (@MikeTheiss) September 20, 2017

In San Juan, Maria's fierce winds toppled trees and ripped away outside materials of high-rise buildings in the city, while people calling local radio stations reported that doors were flying off hinges and a water tank flew away in the island's southern region.

A building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday.  FOX News

Damage in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria makes landfall.  (Fox News)

Debris blown off the side of a building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday.  FOX News

Damage in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria makes landfall.  (Fox News)

Those who sought shelter at a coliseum in San Juan were moved to the building's second and third floors, reported radio station WKAQ 580 AM.

The storm also spawned torrential rainfall across the island, leading to flash flood emergency warnings. 

[VIDEO] Río Guayama se sale de su cause por lluvias de #HuracanMaria pic.twitter.com/fqgWrPJevK

— Radio Isla 1320 (@radioislatv) September 20, 2017

Imagen de la @NOAA, bajo agua área de Hato Rey por Caño Martín Peña. #HuracanMaria pic.twitter.com/aFQIKwuJZd

— Radio Isla 1320 (@radioislatv) September 20, 2017

Videos posted to Twitter showed floodwaters rushing through the streets of Guayama on the island's southern coast and other locations.

As Maria approached, President Donald Trump offered his support via Twitter: "Puerto Rico being hit hard by new monster Hurricane. Be careful, our hearts are with you- will be there to help!"

Puerto Rico being hit hard by new monster Hurricane. Be careful, our hearts are with you- will be there to help!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017

Maria ties for the eighth strongest storm in Atlantic history, when measured by wind speed. Coming in second is this year's Irma, which had 185 mph winds and killed 38 people in the Caribbean and another 36 in the U.S. earlier this month.

The National Weather Service office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, warned of "catastrophic damage" from Maria's winds, as well as "life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible devastating impacts" in a hurricane local statement issued Tuesday evening.

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"Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months," according to the NWS.

Puerto Rico had long been spared from a direct hit by hurricanes that tend to veer north or south of the island. The last Category 4 hurricane landfall in Puerto Rico occurred in 1932, and the strongest storm to ever hit the island was San Felipe in 1928 with winds of 160 mph.

A report from a U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter mission late Tuesday confirmed Maria had strengthened as it neared the U.S. Virgin Islands as maximum sustained winds increased to 175 mph and central pressure dropped to 909 mb, a lower pressure than Irma had at any time.

"This is the lowest pressure for any Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Dean's 905-mb minimum central pressure in August 2007," Dean said. "It is also the 10th-most-intense hurricane in Atlantic Basin history, based on minimum central pressure."

A flag ripped apart by the wind in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday.  FOX News

Damage in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria makes landfall.  (Fox News)

The storm's center passed near St. Croix overnight Tuesday, prompting U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp to insist that people remain alert. St. Croix was largely spared the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Irma on the chain's St. Thomas and St. John islands just two weeks ago. But this time, the island would experience five hours of hurricane force winds, Mapp said.

"For folks in their homes, I really recommend that you not be in any kind of sleepwear," he said during a brief news conference. "Make sure you have your shoes on. Make sure you have a jacket around. Something for your head in case your roof should breach. ... I don't really recommend you be sleeping from 11 o'clock to 4 (a.m.). ... Be aware of what's going on around you."

Maria causes 'widespread devastation' in Caribbean

This photo provided by Frank Phazian shows flooding caused by Hurricane Maria near Le Raizet, Guadeloupe, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (Frank Phazian via AP)

This photo provided by Frank Phazian shows flooding caused by Hurricane Maria near Le Raizet, Guadeloupe, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (Frank Phazian via AP)

Before slamming Puerto Rico, Maria caused widespread destruction across several islands in the Caribbean, leaving at least 9 dead. 

The storm killed one person in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe when a tree fell on them Tuesday, and two people aboard a boat were reported missing off La Desirade island, just east of Guadeloupe, officials said.

About 40 percent of the island — 80,000 homes — were without power and flooding was reported in several communities.

The storm also blew over the tiny eastern Caribbean island of Dominica late Monday, where Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit sent out a series of dramatic posts on his Facebook page.

"Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace," he wrote.

He added that that his own roof had blown away.

"The winds are merciless! We shall survive by the grace of God," Skerrit wrote before communications went down.

An adviser to Skerrit said as of Wednesday morning there have been seven confirmed deaths in the Caribbean country from Maria.

People walk by a fallen tree off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, early Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte)

People walk by a fallen tree off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, early Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte)  (AP)

Hartley Henry didn't give details about how the deaths occurred, and said the country is "in a daze" with no electricity or power and little to no communications.

Henry added in a statement that there has been a "tremendous loss of housing and public buildings" in the mountainous island but the full extent of the damage isn't known.

Maria's path after Puerto Rico still to be watched

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The forecast track of Hurricane Maria.  (MyFoxHurricane.com)

After crossing Puerto Rico, Maria is going to pass near the Dominican Republic on Thursday, then the Turks and Caicos Friday, according to Dean.

Hurricane watches been issued for the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas, which are still recovering from Irma.

#HurricaneMaria now moving onshore across the SE coast of #PuertoRico the worst of the rain, wind and surge imminent. @foxandfriends pic.twitter.com/k815zQM8dM

— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) September 20, 2017

The eastern Dominican Republic is forecast to pick up 4 to 8 inches of rain, with isolated 12-inch amounts, and may also see hurricane-force winds develop as soon as Wednesday night. 

"There is still some uncertainty, as any slight jog of the eyewall north could keep the most intense winds off the coast of the Dominican Republic," Dean said. 

As far as any potential impacts from Maria to the East Coast of the U.S, Dean said "it remains too early to determine." 

Fox News' Janice Dean and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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