Maria Becomes Third Hurricane of Atlantic Season

Forecasters say Maria has strengthened into a hurricane far from the U.S. and the storm is headed toward Newfoundland, making it the third of the Atlantic season following earlier hurricanes Irene and Katia.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday that Maria had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Its center was located about 205 miles north-northwest of Bermuda. Maria is moving north-northeast at 36 mph.

A hurricane watch has been issued for part of the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland. The center of Maria is expected to pass near or over the Avalon Peninsula on Friday.