Hurricane Lee forms, while Maria's track shifts back east

by Antonio Miles September 26, 2017, 0:31
Hurricane Lee forms, while Maria's track shifts back east

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the coast of NC from Surf City northward to the Virgina border.

Forecasters expect "dangerous surf and rip currents" along southeastern U.S. beaches over the next several days. Such swells are expected to be felt along the southeastern US coast and Bermuda tonight and should continue on Saturday. "The shaded area around its path corresponds to about a 60 to 70 percent chance that the location of the storm center remains within that "fan", so there remains a slight chance for landfall over eastern N.C".

The latest runs of the GFS and European model keep Maria off the East Coast of the United States next week, although it may slow down for a while and move a little closer to North Carolina.

HURRICANE MARIA UPDATE: Maria is now a Category 2 Hurricane is expected to weaken as it tracks farther north over cooler water in the south Atlantic.

A Puerto Rico dam damaged by heavy rains from Hurricane Maria was in danger of failing on Sunday, posing a risk to communities downstream, as people across the USA territory sought to dig out from the deadly storm, Reuters reported. Maria has maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and is moving northwest at 7 miles per hour.

"It is likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast beginning Tuesday", wrote Daniel Brown, a warning coordination meteorologist at the center.

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So we will track a cold front moving in late in the day Wednesday along with a big dip in the jet stream starting to build down from the northwest as well.

As temperatures continue to cool down, along with more disruptive winds from increasing cold fronts, tropical activity in the Atlantic typically goes down in October, although the season doesn't end until November 30. Good riddance. Our attention now is on Hurricane Maria which is north of the Turks and Caicos and heading north.

Maria is not the only hurricane in the Atlantic as of Sunday afternoon.

Maria isn't expected to still be a major hurricane when it makes its closest approach to the East Coast.

Locally, we have two possible impacts from Maria we'll be watching. Lee has been able to regenerate in the Central Atlantic and may be able to strengthen further. A moderate-to-high rip current threat is also expected at area beaches.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been relentless.

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