Hurricane Maria continued to lash Puerto Rico with torrential rain as the storm moved toward the Dominican Republic, the National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday.

A Category 2 storm, Maria is still packing a punch with 110 mph winds. It made landfall early Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, the strongest storm to hit the island since 1932. 

Maria is expected to bring 20 to 30 inches of rain through Saturday to Puerto Rico, the National Hurricane Center said. Strong gusty winds are still occurring over portions of Puerto Rico, but should gradually subside.  

Weather conditions in the Dominican Republic are expected to begin to deteoriate, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to pass offshore of the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic early Thursday. Maria should then move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas Thursday night and Friday.

 Follow along below for live updates on the storm. All times are Eastern unless otherwise noted. 

11:18 p.m.: Trump tweets "Stay safe!" to Puerto Rico

President Trump again tweeted about Hurricane Maria, writing "we are with you and the people of Puerto Rico" to Gov. Ricardo Rossello.

Earlier Wednesday Rossello asked Mr. Trump to declare the island a disaster zone, a step that would open the way to federal aid. 

11:11 p.m.: Maria moving away from Puerto Rico, but torrential rains continue

The National Hurricane Center said Maria is moving away Puerto Rico, but the island is still being slammed by torrential rains.

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