Tropical Storm Watches Come As Hurricane Jose Moves North

Thursday, 21 Sep, 2017

The tropics remain active with two tropical storms and a hurricane churning in the Atlantic Basin.

Hurricane advisories were extended across Caribbean islands battered by Hurricane Irma as Maria approaches, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday.

Jose is now a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of about 80 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm watch is out for the U.S. East Coast from Fenwick Island, Delaware, north to Nantucket, Massachusetts, because of Hurricane Jose.

A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the U. S. Virgin Islands. Maria's winds have strengthened from 35 mph to 50 mph with higher gusts and is moving west at 20 mph.

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The hurricane is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 storm by Tuesday.

It's likely to make a close pass to New England sometime Tuesday into Wednesday. By mid-week the hurricane "Maria" can be powerful and risky and to reach the virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Drew Pearson, emergency manager, says residents and visitors should stock up on any essentials and watch the forecast through Tuesday in case the storm track farther inland.

Maria has prompted a hurricane warning for Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat.

Tropical Storm Lee formed Saturday morning way out in the Atlantic near Africa. It is moving toward the west near 20 miles per hour, but a slower west-northwest motion is expected during the next couple of days. Interests along the northeast US and New England coasts need to watch to see how close Jose may get to the USA before heading out to the northern Atlantic. They expect it to weaken again to a tropical storm in three to four days. One of it is, Tropical Storm Lee that is situated about 650 miles west-southwest of Cape Verde in Africa, with winds gusting at a speed of 40 mph.