Tropical Storm Maria forms in Atlantic, follows similar path as Irma

maria 11am 9.17
credit: nhc.noaa.gov

As of 11 a.m. EST, Tropical Storm Maria continues to follow a WNW path along the Caribbean islands. Meteorologists are expecting Maria to strengthen into a Category 1 Hurricane sometime later today.

Stats from the National Hurricane Center:

LOCATION…13.5N 56.2W
ABOUT 450 MI…720 KM ESE OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…65 MPH…100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…994 MB…29.36 INCHES

Current Watches and Warnings:

The government of Barbados has issued a Hurricane Warning for
Dominica.

The government of St. Lucia has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for
St. Lucia.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Dominica

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* St. Lucia

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
* Guadeloupe
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* St. Maarten
* St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
* Anguilla

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

* Martinique
* Barbados
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

While Maria doesn’t currently pose a threat to the eastern U.S., we encourage coastal residents to keep an eye on this strengthening storm. We’ll post updates as the storm continues its path.

 

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