Maria strengthens into Category 5 hurricane

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Hurricane Maria, now a dangerously powerful storm, is taking aim at some already battered islands.

Forecasters say Hurricane Maria has become a Category 5 storm as the eye nears Dominica.

Islands like Barbuda, Antigua, Anguilla, and the British Virgin Islands that were just hit so hard by Irma look to be in the path of the large storm over the next few days.  

A hurricane warning is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Martinique, and St. Lucia.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, and Anguilla.

Maria will be in the vicinity of Puerto Rico by mid-week, and at that point, what, if any, U.S. impacts will become a little more clear.

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