Tropical Storm Maria forms and is expected to strengthen

Phillip Cunningham
September 25, 2017

It's expected to move between Bermuda and the U.S. East Coast through this weekend, and by early next week, Jose is forecast to be off the mid-Atlantic coast.

The hurricane center said Tropical Storm Maria formed and is expected to strengthen, prompting hurricane watches for Guadeloupe, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat - some of which were devastated by Hurricane Irma. The chance for tropical storm force winds on eastern Long Island has been downgraded to 20 to 30 percent, from 30 to 40 percent, Vaz said.

The government of Barbados has issued a hurricane warning for the Caribbean island of Dominica as Tropical Storm Maria makes its way toward the Leeward Islands already battered by Hurricane Irma, the U.S. National Hurricane Center has said.

Tropical Storm Lee has formed far from land, moving west of the Cabo Verde Islands at 12 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

A forecast cone for Hurricane Jose as of 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

At this time, Hurricane Jose is not expected to have direct impact to the American east coast, but may cause larger swells later in the week as is slides near Virginia and New England.

Maria is now expected to bring tropical storm conditions to parts of the Leeward Islands on Monday, with hurricane conditions possible by Monday night or Tuesday. NY time, Jose was moving northward at 8 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

Long-lived Hurricane Jose has been on a slow tour of the western Atlantic since September 5, varying in intensity and perplexing weather models with its hard-to-predict path.

Two disturbances, brewing in the Atlantic basin for the past few days have developed into Tropical Storms.

A storm track farther to the west would mean stronger winds, heavier rain and more significant flooding, with lesser impacts with a more east route. The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands says people on the island of St. Croix should finish up preparing for the storm. The storm is forecast to become a tropical storm again by next Tuesday.

Lee isn't expected to near Caribbean waters until late next week, and it's likely the system won't threaten land, forecasters said.

NHCThe projected track of Hurricane Jose as released by the NHC.

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