Maria strengthens into tropical storm, expected to continue growing

Joy Montgomery
September 25, 2017

A high surf advisory from 8 8 p.m. Sunday as well as a high rip current risk advisory from Sunday morning to Sunday night for coastal areas of southeast SC and Georgia. Wave heights will range around 3 to 5 feet, which mean chest to shoulder height waves. These waves will be unsafe to anyone who enters the surf. Strong rip currents will be felt at the beaches beginning this weekend.

The agency is recommending everyone remain out of the water and that mariners use extreme caution, especially near inlets, cuts and bays.

Jose has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and is located 305 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC, moving north at 9 mph.

At 5 p.m.Saturday, this storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

First, Jose is a Category 1 hurricane in the western Atlantic between the Bahamas and Bermuda.

The NHC said that Tropical Storm Lee had sustained winds of 40 mph and was about 720 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving west at 10 mph. Due to an increase in shear, this tropical storm is expected to weaken within the next couple of days.

Meanwhile Hurricane Maria intensified into a Category 4 storm Monday afternoon near the Caribbean.

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Tropical Storm Lee is just east of Maria. Another check of the storm's wind speed will be conducted on Saturday to see where it stands. If not, the storm will likely keep heading to the west-northwest.

It is still too early to make that call, but there is plenty of time to track Maria. It will approach Puerto Rico Tuesday PM into Wednesday AM, likely as a major hurricane.

Tropical storm conditions were possible on Monday in those areas as well as St. Lucia, Martinique, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

At the beginning of September, Tropical Storm Lidia left seven people dead on its stormy passage through the state of Baja California. The Eastern Seaboard may begin experiencing unsafe surf and rip currents from the storm this weekend; those impacts are already underway in the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico.

Tropical Storm Lee: Finally, we have Tropical Storm Lee farther off in the Atlantic.

Over the next few days, Lee is expected to slowly move west-northwestward into the central Atlantic.

"Norma has been almost stationary, but a slow northward motion should begin later today and continue through Sunday", the center said in an advisory.

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