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Maria rapidly strengthening as it nears Caribbean islands

History is repeating itself for the second time in just two weeks as Hurricane Maria is in a rapid strengthening phase as it churns through the Lesser Antilles.

Major Hurricane Maria now has winds of 120 mph with the official forecast taking the storm to a strong Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph as it nears Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

Just nearly two weeks ago Hurricane Irma plowed through the same chain of islands with winds of 185 mph.

Although the track of Maria is slightly more south bringing the eye over a different portion of the Lesser Antilles, the impacts on these already devastated islands is a terrible situation.

For now, all indications are Maria will turn more north once it approaches the Bahamas but those along the East Coast should closely monitor this storm just in case any west shifts in track occur.

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