Tropical Depression Lee and Hurricane Maria
September 18, 2017, Hurricane Update:
Two new tropical disturbances, Tropical Depression Lee and Hurricane Maria, joined category 1 Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic this weekend.
Lee has traveled over 700 miles off the Cape Verde coast of northwest Africa with winds up to 40 miles per hour. The storm is not projected to strengthen to a hurricane and will likely fade over the next 48 hours without making landfall.
As of today, Monday, Maria has strengthened to a category 2 hurricane and is projected to follow a similar path to Hurricane Irma. The Caribbean Islands are under a hurricane watch as the storm moves closer to those areas at 19 miles per hour with winds up to 50 miles per hour. The Leeward Islands will be the first to experience Hurricane Maria as it makes landfall later today.
We will be keeping a close eye on the storm as we anticipate it to strengthen throughout the week and likely cross over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As of now, it is too soon to determine Hurricane Maria’s possible impact on the United States.
Meanwhile, New York braces for heavy rainfall from Hurricane Jose which still remains a category 1 hurricane. Although the storm will not directly make landfall, the North East region of the United States can expect flooding, large waves, and strong rip currents on the coastline.