Maria, Cat 4 over PR – 9/20 8:00 AM update

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As of 8:00 AM, Maria’s eye was located over eastern Puerto Rico at 18.2N 66.1W, 15 miles SSW of San Juan. She’s moving NNW at 10 MPH with max sustained winds of 150 MPH, which means she is a very strong Cat 4 — which is better news than expected for PR.

Hurricane Warnings are still in effect for U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques, Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas.

A west-northwest to northwest motion is expected to continue through today, followed by a northwestward motion on Thursday. On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will continue to move across Puerto Rico this morning and emerge off the northern coast by this afternoon. The center will then pass just north of the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic tonight and Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend out 60 miles from the eye. Maria’s forecast is to retain this intensity while it moves across Puerto Rico.

TS Jose update: No major changes. His current location is 38.8N 70.2W, about 165 miles S OF Nantucket, Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds of 65 MPH, presently moving 8 MPH. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach, including Cape Cod, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket

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