A powerful hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico on Friday morning and is expected to hit the island in the coming days.
Hurricane Joaquin, which is about 160 miles west of the US Virgin Islands, has maximum sustained winds of 110 mph (240 km/h).
Puerto Rico Gov.
Ricardo Rosselló said that at least 100 people were killed by the storm, which was also moving northwest.
He said the storm is expected be a Category 4 storm and could have a wind gust of up to 175 mph (300 km/hr).
Rossello said Puerto Rico was expecting to get hurricane warnings for several days as it moved northeast, though it was not clear how many people would be affected by the hurricane.
Maria is moving northwest, moving north, and is heading for the island of Puerto Rico, Rossellos office said in a statement.
Maria was moving at a speed of about 140 miles per hour (300 kph) on Friday.
Rosselloes statement did not provide a number for the number of fatalities, though he said there are at least two deaths.
Rosselos said it was “extremely dangerous” for people in the area to stay in their homes.
It was not immediately clear if the island has received the hurricane warnings.
The US territory of Puerto Ricos, a US territory, has been hit hard by Hurricane Irma.
Maria also caused extensive damage to the US territory’s electrical grid and destroyed some buildings and homes.
Maria made landfall Friday in the western island of Guaynabo, in the Caribbean nation of Dominica.
The storm is forecast to move eastward and hit Puerto Rico by Saturday.
Maria has a maximum sustained wind speed of 125 mph (185 km/kph), according to the National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane was moving northwest at 13 mph (23 kph), the center said.
Maria left a trail of destruction in the territory’s capital of San Juan, with the capital destroyed and dozens of homes damaged, including the US Consulate, the National Guard and the US military.
Maria hit Puerto Ricans capital city at 6:50 a.m. local time on Friday, according to CNN.
Officials said they had received no reports of looting or other violence.
The island is about 5,000 square miles (12,000 sq km) in size, with about 1.8 million people living in the US territories of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
Maria’s path was expected to be relatively calm by Sunday morning, but the hurricane could bring gusty winds and heavy rain to the island.
It could also bring heavy rain and flooding to the capital of the territory, San Juan.
The National Hurricane Centre reported that Maria was forecast to hit Puerto Rican cities of San Cristobal, San Luis Potosi, San Marcos, San Salvador, Santo Domingo, Puerto Vallarta, Santa Fe and Vieques by Sunday afternoon.
The winds were expected to pick up to 85 mph (150 kph).
Maria was the third Category 4 hurricane to hit New York, bringing strong winds and flooding, killing at least 15 people, including at least five people on a boat off the coast of the island, CNN affiliate WCBS reported.
Maria will bring heavy rainfall, and heavy winds, to the city of New York on Sunday, the weather service said.
A storm surge of about six feet (2 meters) was recorded near the coast on Saturday.
A major storm warning was issued for the coastal city of Brownsville, north of New Jersey, and for parts of New Hampshire, including Boston.
Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency after the devastating storm.
Maria came ashore with winds of 115 mph (250 kph); Hurricane Matthew had a maximum wind speed and gust of 155 mph (290 kph; CNN affiliate WPEC reported Maria’s maximum sustained speed at 115 mph, while CNN reported Maria had maximum sustained gusts of 160 mph).
A Category 4 tornado touched down in New Jersey’s Utica section on Saturday, the U.S. Weather Service reported.
Meteorologists warned of winds of up and down to 90 mph (165 kph)…
A storm system was moving toward the western Atlantic and was expected by Sunday to bring heavy rains, flash flooding and strong winds.