Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Hurricane Maria intensifies, now a Category 3 hurricane

The Latest Hurricane season roars on as Lee forms Hurricane Maria intensifies, now a Category 3 hurricane
Ben Pena | 19 September, 2017, 03:01

Maria is expected to hit the islands late on Monday, possibly strengthening to as much as a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of at least 209km/h.

Hurricane Jose, which buzzed the Leeward Islands as it moved north and west in Irma's wake last week, has now weakened, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

Maria is expected to cross the Leeward Islands on Monday night, the NHC says. Is moving north at 9 miles per hour.

The NHC said Maria could produce a "dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves" that will raise water levels 1.2 metres to 1.8 metres when it passes through the eastern Caribbean.

Tropical storms warnings were issued from Fenwick Island, Del., to Sandy Hook, N.J., Delaware Bay South, and East Rockaway Inlet, N.Y., to Watch Hill, R.I.

Long-lived Hurricane Jose continued to head north off the US East Coast, causing risky surf and rip currents.

Maria is now the seventh hurricane of the 2017 season.

At this point, however, it's too early to tell where Maria will go or if a US landfall will take place.

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For now, hurricane warnings are in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Martinique, St. Lucia, and the U.S and British Virgin.

The storm, positioned 265 miles east southeast of Cape Hatteras, was headed north at 10 mph at 11 a.m. Monday.

Puerto Rico opened shelters and began to dismantle construction cranes that could be vulnerable to Maria's high winds.

Up to 12 inches of rain - and even 20 inches in some areas - is expected to deluge the central and southern Leeward Islands through Wednesday night, the NHC said. Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from DE to MA.

"Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible from DE to southern New England", the center said.

The worst conditions are likely from eastern Long Island to eastern MA on Wednesday when these areas may get battered by the combination of heavy rain, damaging wind gusts to hurricane-force, and coastal flooding. "Swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, and much of the United States east coast".

While Jose is capable of producing coastal flooding and pockets of damaging wind from DE to MA, its effects are most likely to resemble those of a strong Nor'easter - rather than a devastating hurricane.

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