This story has been updated.
Hurricane Maria will take a path somewhat similar to Jose and may be a concern next week for the East Coast after it slams Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands the next few days.
Packing 155 mph winds, Maria was just two mph short of Category 5 status when it made landfall on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico early Wednesday morning.
The latest indications are that Maria will not trek as far to the west as Irma did, according to AccuWeather.com. Irma moved westward to the Florida Keys, then made a rather abrupt northward turn across the Florida Peninsula.
AccuWeather meteorologists do not expect Maria to make landfall in Florida. Maria will take more of a curved path late this week and into this weekend.
Following the direct hit on Puerto Rico, Maria is "likely to remain a major hurricane as it moves northwestward on Thursday," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
Maria may pass close to the Dominican Republic and could have a direct hit on part of the Turks and Caicos islands on Friday, AccuWeather.com said.
During early next week, Maria will likely remain offshore of the southeastern U.S.
During the middle to latter part of next week, possibilities range from the hurricane remaining offshore to an encounter with the U.S. mainland from the Carolinas on north.
There is much uncertainty regarding Maria's path. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
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