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New Storm Maria Set To Become Hurricane Just As Jose Treks To Northeast

A look at projected wind strengths for Hurricane Jose. Photo Credit: National Weather Service
Tropical Storm Maria, expected to become a hurricane on Sunday, is following a path in its early stages similar to Hurricane Irma. Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center
The latest projected forecast path for Category 1 Jose, released Sunday morning by the National Hurricane Center. Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center

While most on the East Coast are focusing on the Northeast-bound Hurricane Jose, there's yet another tropical storm expected to become a hurricane churning in the Atlantic Ocean.Meet Tropical Storm Maria, which is about 430 miles southeast of the Lesser Antilles and moving toward the Caribbean at 15 miles per hour.

In its early stages, Maria is following a path similar to that of Irma. Maria is expected to become a hurricane later in the day Sunday.

"Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph with higher gusts," the National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning in an advisory on Maria. "Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria will likely become a hurricane later today."

Meanwhile, Category 1 Hurricane Jose, now churning about 400 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour. It's expected to remain a hurricane through Monday night and then impact parts of the Northeast's I-95 corridor Tuesday and Wednesday as a Tropical Storm, with its eye forecast to remain well out to sea, severely limiting possible impact, even along coastal areas.

"While Jose is currently forecast to remain offshore of the US coast from Virginia northward to New England, the large cyclone could cause some direct impacts to these areas and any deviation to the left of the NHC forecast track would increase the likelihood and magnitude of those impacts," said the National Hurricane Center.

Residents along the East Coast are being urged to monitor Jose by the National Hurricane Center. You can view the center's web page dedicated to Jose by clicking here.

You can access the National Hurricane Center's page on Maria here.

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