The NHC issued a hurricane warning
for the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas, where Maria is expected to bring dangerous wind, storm and heavy rainfall Thursday night and Friday.
Another British overseas territory, Montserrat, has been issued with a hurricane warning
amid fears Maria could bring a devastating storm surge, while torrential rain could trigger deadly flash floods.
Residents of the Virgin Islands were ushered to shelters Tuesday as a hurricane warning
was in effect.
A fresh hurricane warning
has been put in place for British overseas territories and parts of the Caribbean, just days after Irma unleashed devastation on the region.
A hurricane warning
had been issued for the island of Dominica and lesser hurricane watches were in place for other Caribbean islands, including St Martin, which saw widespread destruction from Irma, and the storm could also affect the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, forecasters said.
Preparations should be rushed to completion as tropical storm-force winds are expected to arrive in the hurricane warning
area by late Tuesday.
As the threat from the major hurricane increases along the US coast, the centre has extended a hurricane warning
area on a large stretch of Florida's east coast up to the Altamaha Sound in Georgia.
A hurricane warning
was in effect for Florida's Big Bend from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach.
Iselle prompted the first hurricane warning
for the Hawaiian Islands since 1992, and the first hurricane warning
ever for the Big Island of Hawaii.
WEATHER forecasters yesterday told Scots not to panic over a hurricane warning
THE first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has prompted a hurricane warning
for a wide stretch of the North Carolina coast in the USA.
The destination must be placed under a Hurricane Watch or Hurricane Warning
by the National Hurricane Center for the storm guarantee policy to be in effect.