Archive for September 17, 2017

HURRICANE JOSE SHOULD CONTINUE MOVING NORTHWARD JUST OFF THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST… ANOTHER TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMED MARIA MAY BE AN ISSUE FOR PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN

As of Sunday afternoon, Hurricane Jose is not expected to have a major impact on the Hampton Roads area. However, some stronger winds and maybe some showers/rain on the storm’s western edge may affect parts of the region. High waves, rip tides will be the major impacts of this storm. Late Monday night and Tuesday morning should be when Maria is closest to the area as it moves northward well offshore. Parts of Long Island and Southeastern New England need to keep a very close eye on this storm.

Tropical Storm Maria is one system to watch as it heads into the Leeward Islands this week. It is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and it could become a major hurricane in a few days. This could be a very serious situation since some of these islands were devastated by Hurricane Irma. It may impact the U.S., but it is way too early to make any predictions. It all depends how Jose affects the western portion of the large high pressure system that is steering the storm to the north.  It is very possible that Maria could turn north after it passes through the Leeward Islands. However, it could just as easily continue west-northwest just north of the Dominican Republic and that would be an ominous track, especially after following on the heels of Hurricane Irma. And of course, if it makes a direct hit on this mountainous island, the storm will weaken. A weaker storm normally moves more westward that an intense hurricane in this part of the world.

So, please pay close attention to the future track of Maria.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

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