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British Virgin Islands to face 155mph winds with Hurricane Maria

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Destruction may be less than Hurricane Irma’s but storm surge and flooding a real danger warns UK commander

British territories in the Caribbean are bracing for another big hurricane only a fortnight after the last devastating storm, with category 4 Maria threatening the British Virgin Islands.

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The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the storm had already unleashed sustained winds of 175mph, and the British Virgin Islands were expected to face winds of 155 mph.

See latest travel advice if you’re affected by Hurricanes #Irma and #Maria: https://t.co/67rqCMqgqJ. Call +44 (0)20 7008 0000 for assistance pic.twitter.com/AMQ1Ii8PVR

UK making full #HurricaneMaria preparations. COBR emergency ctte met earlier under @DamianGreen to ensure all necessary being done

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