Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Maria Becomes Hurricane, Putting Caribbean in the Crosshairs Again

Hurricane Maria intensifies into Category 4 hurricane WEATHERHurricane Maria intensifies into Category 4 hurricane Email none
Andrew Cummings | 19 September, 2017, 01:16

The U.S. National Hurricane Center released its 5 p.m. advisory to announce that Maria is now a Category 1 hurricane.

Tropical storm and hurricane warnings are in effect for the Lesser Antilles, including the same islands that were impacted by Irma and Jose.

Hurricane Maria strengthened into a Category 2 storm on Monday and pushed toward the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean, as forecasters warned it was expected to become a major hurricane by early Tuesday.

It is likely Maria will reach the southeastern Bahamas by Friday as a major storm, but its track beyond this point remains uncertain. The GFS and European model are now agreeing that Maria reaches the Bahamas by the weekend, then makes a north turn staying east of Florida.

Elsewhere, Hurricane Jose remained far off the US Atlantic coast and was forecast to avoid hitting the mainland.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Anguilla.

Tropical storm watches are in place for portions of the eastern coast of the United States stretching between DE and MA.

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Jose is expected to drop heavy rain as it passes near New England on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As of Sunday evening, the category 1 hurricane was heading north and west. Tropical storm winds extend up to 70 miles.

Jose is expected to continue to move northward, and eventually make a turn to the northeast and southeast as it weakens to a tropical storm, then a tropical depression.

By Sunday night, tropical storm force winds extended 105 miles from Maria's center.

There is great uncertainty over where Hurricane Maria could go more than five or six days from now because it is beyond the range of the forecasts.

Barely a week after Hurricane Irma tore through, several islands in the Caribbean are bracing for a direct hit from another major hurricane - Maria. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is more than a thousand miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Larger swells and rip currents are likely all along the east coast.

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