Tropical Storm Maria forms in Atlantic, expected to become major hurricane


Jose, which weakened to a tropical storm earlier in the week, has been making a odd loop around the Atlantic Ocean, missing the islands that Hurricane Irma slammed last week.

Jose had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Jose is expected to bring rough surf and rip current conditions in the next few days.

Tropical Storm Watches have already been issued for numerous Leeward Islands. The U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola will also need to monitor Maria closely as it will head towards, and perhaps over these areas by the middle of the week. Even though Jose is hundreds of miles away, the National Weather Service says unsafe conditions should be expected all along the coast this weekend into early next week. Tropical storm watches are in effect for St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Farther out in the Atlantic, Tropical storm Lee formed late Saturday morning.

On Friday, Jose was again a Category 1 hurricane.

Jose is the sixth named hurricane of the Atlantic basin season, which lasts through November.

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As of 9 a.m. MDT, the Category 1 hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was located 260 miles south of Cabo San Lucas.

Jose is slowly moving up the East Coast, Grumm said, and will likely pass North Carolina on Monday and reach New England by Wednesday or Thursday, he said. The impact of the storm could begin as early as Tuesday night.

The second storm is only just beginning but it could eventually develop into Hurricane Maria.

"Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours", the forecaster said.

Computer simulations are all over the map beyond three days, but some show the storm on a path toward the southeast US coastline.

Lee is spinning about 760 miles west-southwest of Cape Verde off northwest Africa and packing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to centre.