Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hurricane Jose far from US East Coast as Storm Maria forms

Hurricane Jose far from US East Coast as Storm Maria forms

At 8 p.m. ET Saturday, the projected path of Tropical Storm Maria showed signs of becoming a hurricane.

NHC forecasters expect that Tropical Depression Fifteen will likely strengthen into Tropical Storm Maria later today and become Hurricane Maria by Tuesday.

NHC forecasters say Maria will likely intensify to a major Category 3 storm with sustained winds topping 125 miles per hour on Thursday, bringing risky wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards. "So far, there are no onshore Tropical Storm watches along the USA coast, but we will continue to have a high rip current risk and some heavy surf along our coast through Tuesday", he said. Forecasters said tropical storm watches might need to be put into effect for some areas on the eastern coast of the U.S.

Tropical Depression Fifteen became Tropical Storm Maria late Saturday afternoon.

The maximum sustained winds have increased to 65 miles per hour.

Saturday evening, the storm was located about 620 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and moving west at a quick 20 mph.

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While all eyes in the Outer Banks and New England are on Hurricane Jose and its apparent northward track this week, the rest of the tropics remain under threat from not just one, but two tropical storm systems.

Hurricane Jose is still out in the Atlantic.

But the system could still affect the tristate area as it lumbers north - with parts of NY well within the storm's possible path. It will probably weaken in the next four days, forecasters predict.

Jose could also affect the Virginia-to-New England area, especially if it deviates from its forecast track, the NHC said.

Jose should move past the North Carolina coast early Monday through Tuesday, Zouzias said. The storm is now moving toward the Caribbean at 19 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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