>> These are pictures of the Caribbean island of St. Thomas taken this week. And this is hurricane Maria on Monday barreling toward it. The US and British Virgin Islands still reeling from Irma, the strongest hurricane ever to hit the region. Now they're facing their second major storm in less than two weeks.
Maria intensifying Monday to a powerful category 4, bringing heavy rains, 120 mile per hour winds, and dangerous storm surges. Maria is forecast to make landfall Monday night. Officials are warning residents to prepare. Reuters correspondent Sarah Peters, on the the island of St. Lucia.>> Well, right now in the communities in St. Lucia, for example, the capital, Castries, is like a ghost town.
There's no one in sight, people are indoors. Some have expressed deep concern because we know what a hurricane can do. So, they are taking it very seriously. It's raining heavily right now and people are just keeping their fingers crossed and hoping that the hurricane doesn't impact us directly.
>> Maria due to slam into Puerto Rico on Wednesday. One official warning that the storm could be catastrophic for the island. Maria is joined by two other Atlantic storms, Hurricane Jose threatening the East Coast of the US on Tuesday, though a direct hit is not expected. And tropical storm Lee, which formed over the weekend, should dissipate completely within days without making landfall.