Caribbean faces another threat as Tropical Storm Maria forms

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Caribbean faces another threat as Tropical Storm Maria forms

Currently, the forecast shows Jose curling north from its current location in the Atlantic, and forecasts show that it should turn northeast quickly enough to avoid direct inland impacts in both the Bahamas and along the U.S. East Coast.

A forecast cone for Tropical Storm Lee as of 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Tropical storm watches could be issued for parts of the United States coast, from North Carolina to New England, over the next day or two, according to the advisory, the 45th so far on the long-lived weather system.

Lee is spinning about 720 miles west-southwest of Cape Verde off northwest Africa and packing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Please stay alert for marine impacts, though, including rough seas, enhanced swell, heavy surf, minor high tidal flooding, and a risk for rip currents.

Tropical Storm Maria is posing a growing threat to Caribbean islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Conditions are conducive for the storm to strengthen into a category two hurricane prior to reaching the Lesser Antilles on Monday night and Tuesday, the report said.

Jose remains a Category 1 hurricane with maximum winds of 80 miles per hour. On Saturday evening, after Maria got its name, a hurricane watch was issued for Barbuda, Antigua, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat.

Tropical storm watches may be needed for the Outer Banks and parts of New England in advance of Jose later in the day on Saturday.

The center added that tropical storm watches were possible for the U.S. East Coast later in the day and advised people from North Carolina to New England to monitor Jose's progress.

And then there were three- Jose, Lee, and Maria!

This post has been updated to reflect the naming of Tropical Storm Maria and its updated forecast. A watch has been issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, Saba and St. Eustatius. On Friday afternoon, an Air Force Hurricane Hunters plane found wind of 75 miles per hour, which is the lower limit wind speed for a Category 1 hurricane.

The good news with Lee is that he is expected to run into a lot of shear in the coming days which should cause it to gradually weaken becoming a tropical depression by Tuesday and a remnant low by Thursday.

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