Hurricane Maria headed towards the Caribbean

Posted September 19, 2017

The hurricane centre said hurricane conditions should begin to affect parts of the Leeward Islands by Monday night, with storm surges raising water levels by up to 1.8 metres near the storm's centre.

Hurricane Maria is a Category 1 with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour moving west northwest at 15 miles per hour.

Most model plots show the system arcing north and away from Florida later this week, but it's still too early to rule out the possibility of impact here, WINK meteorlogist Matt Devitt.

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The swells - causing unsafe surf and rip current conditions - for the next several days are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas and much of the U.S. East Coast.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia and Martinique. Hurricane watches, in addition to tropical storm warnings and watches, are in effect as well.

Three storms brewing in the Atlantic Ocean are gaining strength, prompting hurricane watches and warnings across the Caribbean on Sunday. Jose stays roughly 400 miles off of our coast today and will deliver once again large waves and a high risk of rip currents.

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Jose is moving north at about 9 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. The Hurricane Watch has been discontinued for these islands. Maria has maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, making it the strongest Category 2 hurricane possible on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center advised people from North Carolina to New England to monitor Jose's progress.

Jose is expected to pass close to Long Island on Tuesday and into Wednesday, but it's not now expected to make landfall. "Tropical storm watches may be needed for portions of this area during the next day or so". As expected, Lee is fizzling out over the central Atlantic.

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