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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local): 4:35 a.m. The prefect of the French island of Guadeloupe has raised the death toll stemming from Hurricane Maria from one…
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local):
4:35 a.m.
The prefect of the French island of Guadeloupe has raised the death toll stemming from Hurricane Maria from one to two people.
Eric Maire said Tuesday night that in addition to one person who “did not comply with the confinement instructions” and was killed by a falling tree, another person died after they “fell in the sea.”
The identity of either of the fatalities is unknown.
The Guadeloupe prefecture has also said two people are reported missing after a shipwreck near the French island of Desirade.
France’s interior minister Gerard Collomb said there were three people wounded in Martinique, including one seriously.
The extent of the damage from Tuesday’s hurricane is yet to be assessed on those French territories.
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3:45 a.m.
Puerto Rico faces what officials say could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the U. S. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company’s crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.
Maria barreled toward the island with 175 mph winds and forecasters said it was expected to make landfall Wednesday midmorning along Puerto Rico’s southeast coast as a Category 5 storm, punishing the island with life-threatening winds for 12 to 24 hours.
The number of power outages spiked as Maria approached, with the storm centered early Wednesday about 70 miles (115 kilometers) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).
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