Hurricane Maria Headed for Caribbean, Jose to Skirt Northeast Coast

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2017

It is located 335 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 415 miles west of Bermuda and is moving about 9 mph. Tropical Storm Jose could strengthen as it heads north through the Atlantic. On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will move over the northeastern Caribbean Sea today, and approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday. Any mainland US Impacts are still very uncertain at this point, with so many factors affecting Maria's track.

Although this storm is forecast to remain offshore, parts of the Northeast may see impacts of heavy rain, large and unsafe swells, and stronger winds.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose is maintaining its intensity as it churns north, threatening "dangerous surf and rip currents" along the US East Coast in the next few days, the hurricane center said.

Of these three tropical systems, Jose is the only immediate threat to the US mainland.

There is also a tropical depression named Lee in the Atlantic, about 1,500 kilometers west of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving west. This is going to hamper the recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. "All of Puerto Rico will experience hurricane force winds".

Coastal flooding may be seen on the shores of New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern MA.

Forecasters say Maria has intensified with maximum sustained winds of 65mph with higher gusts.

The government of Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday issued a Hurricane Warning for St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat and a Tropical Storm Warning for Antigua and Barbuda.

Parts of the East Coast are still under watches and warnings on Tuesday.

Several watches and warnings remain in place, while others have been added in the latest advisory.

The weather service also issued an advisory for a potential new tropical storm, now known as potential tropical cyclone 15. Lee has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and is moving to the west at 8 miles per hour.

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