Tropical Storm Maria To Bring Even More Damage to Caribbean

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

NHC forecasters expect that Tropical Depression Fifteen will likely strengthen into Tropical Storm Maria later today and become Hurricane Maria by Tuesday. Winds are up to 80 mph (they were 75 mph at 5 p.m. Friday) and the storm is moving north at 8 mph.

Hurricane Jose is expected to bring rough seas and unsafe rip currents to New Jersey and Long Island's shorelines early this week.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

Tropical Storm Maria To Bring Even More Damage to Caribbean

Over the next several days the Tri-State Area can expect unsafe rip currents, high surf, and extensive beach erosion. Forecasters said tropical storm watches might need to be put into effect for some areas on the eastern coast of the U.S. As of Saturday morning, The National Hurricane Center forecasts Hurricane Jose to pass well offshore of the Carolina coast with minimal, if any, impact to North Carolina.

Another system farther east in the Atlantic has developed into Tropical Storm Lee, which is about 760 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa.

Jose's winds increased to 90 miles per hour, the hurricane center said.

As of early Sunday morning, Maria was about 500 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, packing maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

The hurricane is now located about 480 miles southeast of the Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and is moving northwest at 5 to 10 miles per hour.

The storm formed in the Atlantic on September 5, becoming a hurricane the following day. But that ridge is expected to weaken.

Americans living along the US East between North Carolina and New England have been told to "monitor the progress" of Hurricane Jose in the coming days. But little rainfall is anticipated each day. A west or west-northwest motion is forecast during the next couple of days.

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