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Hurricane Maria regains Category 5 hurricane strength: NHC
September 19, 2017 / 6:16 AM / in a month

Hurricane Maria regains Category 5 hurricane strength: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Maria has intensified and regained its Category 5 hurricane strength, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday.

Maria, which made landfall in Dominica as a Category 5 storm on Monday night, is about 205 miles (325 km) southeast of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (260 km/h), it said.

The hurricane is expected to move towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday, the Miami-based weather forecaster added.

Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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