Lee returns as hurricane in Atlantic

Saul Bowman
September 25, 2017

Although it's not now predicted to make landfall along the coast, Maria is the third hurricane to affect the U.S. in the last month.

Maximum wind gusts from 39mph up to 95mph arriving in Britain can be seen on a dramatic map showing Maria's forecast track towards the UK.

According to the latest advisory from the Hurricane Center as of 5 a.m Atlantic Standard Time, Maria is about 290 miles east-northeast of Great Abaco Island and about 530 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Rain rolled into Central Florida Saturday from Hurricane Maria's trek up the Atlantic, along with increasingly unsafe surf and rip currents.

Even though the storm tracking models keep Maria's center offshore, if the storm gets within 200 miles of the Outer Banks, tropical storm force winds can be expected.

Some of the USA coast may be under a tropical storm or hurricane watch later Sunday, the center said. But it said hurricane or tropical storm watches might only stay in effect for a portion of the coast later Sunday.

Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: "Hurricane Maria looks like merging with Hurricane Lee off the east of the United States and moving across the Atlantic, with the latest thoughts being for them to pass between the north-west of Scotland and Iceland on Monday or Tuesday".

The swells will continue to effect the areas of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the northern coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas.

Parts of the United States have already been affected by multiple tropical storms systems this year, with Hurricane Maria now causing devastation across parts of the Caribbean.

4 p.m. UPDATE: The death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is now at least 10. It has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is expected to turn in circles in the middle of the Atlantic through the next few days.

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