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Tropical Storm Maria Is Latest Threat to Caribbean Islands

17 September 2017

The system is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches across portions of the central and southern Leeward Islands through Tuesday night.

SUMMARY: Tropical Depression Fifteen has intensified and has become Tropical Storm Maria. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Forecaster Jerry Combs of the National Weather Service in Melbourne says it is way too early to predict what kind of impact - if any - the storm will have Florida, but it seems to be following a similar track to last week's monster hurricane.

In addition to Tropical Storm Lee, which just formed in the tropical Atlantic, but is not expected to be a threat, Maria is the 13th named Atlantic storm of the year.

"This would place CT on the "better" side of the storm, but we could still get a period of heavy rain and gusty wind".

The official forecast track from the hurricane center puts Jose as a strong tropical storm Wednesday 225 miles southeast of NY.

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In the meantime, another troubling storm is brewing east of the Lesser Antilles, which may threaten the same islands in the eastern Caribbean that Irma devastated less than two weeks ago.

Hurricane Jose is continuing on a path that could bring rain, risky surf and strong winds to areas in the northeast United States according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Jose is maintaining its strength as a Category 1 hurricane as it turns slightly north. The storm was 260 miles (420 kilometers) south of Cabo San Lucas.

No matter its path, Jose's ocean swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions in Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and the US Southeast, the hurricane center said.

Hurricane Jose continued to meander off the coast on Saturday, spinning about 500 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. But, as of now, it's those from North Carolina, Virginia up to New Jersey and Long Island that should be eyeing up this storm.