Lee weakens into tropical depression

Angelo Anderson
September 18, 2017

As of Sunday evening, Maria had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, a category one hurricane. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Martinique, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba and St. Eustatius and St. Lucia.

The National Hurricane center is eyeing three storms in the Atlantic - Hurricane Jose, Tropical Storm Maria, and Tropical Storm Lee. "Maria is likely to affect the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid week as a risky major hurricane", the NHC said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida recently upgraded Maria from a tropical storm to a hurricane during its late afternoon update. Maria is expected to be a hurricane as it moves through the islands by early next week.

A stronger Maria could cause wind speeds to vary slightly if it undergoes eyewall replacements, which big storms are prone to do. Tropical storm watches have been posted along the coast from DE to Massachusetts' Cape Cod.

The US National Hurricane Centre said Maria had maximum sustained winds of 150 kph early on Monday.

Forecasters upgraded Tropical Storm Maria to a hurricane Sunday as the storm heads toward the Leeward Islands.

Reconnaissance data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The weather service also issued an advisory for a potential new tropical storm, now known as potential tropical cyclone 15. And based on the current forecast, Hurricane Jose could bring heavier and widespread rainfall to southern New England, Long Island, New York City and New Jersey.

Meanwhile, the storm-ravaged Caribbean is under threat yet again, this time from Tropical Storm Maria, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane. The weather service warns to expect risky surf and rip currents along the east of the United States in the coming days. NHC predicts that this system will form into at least a tropical cyclone and likely a hurricane as it continues its path into the Caribbean.

Hurricane Jose continues to churn the Atlantic ocean with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

Forecasters say the storm is expected to cause unsafe surf and rip currents. The storm is expected to slow down as it keeps moving along that west-northwest track through Tuesday.

Further strengthening to a Category 3 storm is expected as the storm nears Puerto Rico by Wednesday.

Tropical Depression Lee has maximum sustained winds at 35 miles per hour.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for.

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