Hurricane Maria was being blamed for at least one death on the French speaking Caribbean nation of Guadeloupe on Monday.
According to government officials, one person was killed when a tree fell and two others went missing in a shipwreck off the coast of the territory.
France on Tuesday reported that there was no major damage on the island of Martinique, another French department, although 50-thousand homes lost power and ten thousand were without water.
The Miami based National Hurricane Center in its advisory issued at 9 p.m. (local time), said Maria, an “extremely dangerous” category 5 hurricane, was approaching St Croix in the United States Virgin Islands and that a wind gust to 72 miles per hour had recently been reported in the eastern portion of the island.
Maria was moving toward the west-northwest and this general motion was expected to continue through Wednesday night.
The Hurricane Centre said some fluctuations in intensity were likely over the next day or so, but Maria was forecast to remain an extremely dangerous hurricane.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Service of the Bahamas has issued a hurricane watch for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas.
In Antigua and Barbuda the tropical storm warning has been discontinued and a hurricane warning has been discontinued for Dominica.
However, a hurricane warning remains in effect for St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Saba and St Eustatius, St Maarten, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, West of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
A hurricane watch is in effect for Saba and St Eustatius, St Martin and St Barthelemy, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas.