TROPICAL STORM MARIA
We now have our third named storm currently churning in the Atlantic Ocean – Maria.
As of 3 pm MT, Tropical Storm Maria has sustained winds of 50 mph with gusts to 65 mph. It is moving to the west at 20 mph.
This is not good news for some of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Irma. Tropical Storm Maria will likely make landfall somewhere in the island chain.
Early forecasts have it strengthening to a Category 1 hurricane before moving between Guadeloupe and Montserrat. It will move toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico into Wednesday.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force
winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
With limited shear and plenty warm sea surface temperatures, steady strengthening is expected over the next five days. A ridge to the north will keep it on a west-northwesterly track.
TROPICAL STORM LEE
Tropical Depression 14 has now been upgraded to a tropical storm. Winds have been able to strengthen to 40 mph. After steady strengthening for two days, shear will begin shredding this system apart into the middle of next week.
Hurricane Jose continues to remain a Category 1 storm that’s about 485 miles SSE of the North Carolina coastline. The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters report maximum sustained winds around 80 mph with higher gusts. Although warm waters will attempt to intensify the system, increasing shear will work against any significant strengthening. Jose will like stay as a Category 1 storm as it begins a northerly track. By Wednesday, it is expected to get swept up in the mid-latitude westerlies and taken out to sea.
Even though Jose isn’t likely to make a direct landfall in the United States, the mere size of this tropical system will still bring impacts to the mid-Atlantic and New England coast for the next five days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km) currently. Tropical storm force winds, dangerous rip currents, coastal flooding, and high waves could crash the coastline.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos & Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo