The hurricane…which is currently undergoing an eyewall replacement cycle with a double eyewall structure…is moving just to the southwest of St. Croix. Wind gusts up to 140 mph have been reported on the western edge of the island just miles from the inner eyewall. The outer eyewall brought initial gusts over 100 mph to the island as it came ashore in the last hour and a half.
The center is still expected to make landfall as a Category 5 storm after day break in southeastern Puerto Rico.
–Meteorologist Nick Humphrey