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    Tropical Storm Jose is located at 39.2 N, -69.3 W with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, gusting to 85 mph more >

    Hurricane Maria is a Category 3 Hurricane located at 18.5 N, -66.9 W with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, gusting to 130 mph more >

    Jose now a tropical storm passing by the East Coast; Extremely dangerous Category 4 Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico

    9/20/2017 10:00:32 AM

    Jose continues to track northeastward across the open waters of the western Atlantic. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Jose weakened to a tropical storm Tuesday evening and has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph as of early Wednesday morning. The tropical storm is centered about 200 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and is moving northeast at 8 mph. The storm is expected to gradually weaken through the rest of this week and eventually lose its tropical characteristics.

    Jose is still a concern for southeastern New England and Atlantic Canada. The track of Jose will remain well offshore, with the center of circulation passing to the southeast of southern New England. The greatest impacts in the form of strong wind gusts and heavy rain will be felt across Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard through Wednesday.

    Regardless of the exact storm track, dangerous surf and rip currents will impact Bermuda, the Eastern Seaboard and Atlantic Canada through much of this week. Waves in excess of 10 feet will occur over the next several days from the Outer Banks to New England.

    Coastal flooding is also a major concern. Astronomical influences will push tide levels 1-2 feet above normal from the Outer Banks to New England through at least Wednesday. This will be exacerbated by wave action and strong onshore winds, the degree to which will determine the exact impacts that could prove severe. Beyond Wednesday, Jose will slow down and meander off the northeastern United States coast while weakening, but the impacts will lessen significantly.

    Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria made landfall as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane near Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, around 6:15 a.m. EDT, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Maria remains a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds still of 145 mph with gusts of up to 180 mph as it tracks across Puerto Rico. Catastrophic wind damage is expected across Puerto Rico, as well as life-threatening flooding and mudslides with heavy rain. Some areas of the island may receive more than 12 inches of rain. Power outages will be expansive and will likely last for weeks. Travel will be halted by downed trees and debris. Any loose objects can easily become airborne and turn into dangerous projectiles. Irma cleanup efforts will be disrupted.

    Major effects from Maria are also stretching into the Virgin Islands. Storm surges of 6-10 feet are expected from the southeast coast of Puerto Rico through the Virgin Islands. Wind gusts will approach 100 mph across the Virgin Island with several inches of rainfall. This will bring significant damage and life-threatening flooding to the Virgin Islands as well.

    After battering Puerto Rico, Maria will skirt the northern coastline of Hispaniola into Wednesday night as a major hurricane (Category 4 or 5) and will deliver flooding rain, destructive winds well over 100 mph and mudslides. By this weekend, Maria may threaten the Bahamas, and all interests across the southeastern United States need to continue to monitor Maria as well.

    Updated by AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda

    2017 Atlantic Storms

    Arlene Bret Cindy Don Emily Franklin
    Gert Harvey Irma Jose Katia Lee
    Maria Nate Ophelia Philippe Rina Sean
    Tammy Vince Whitney

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    NHC Atlantic Activity
    
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    ABNT20 KNHC 201721
    TWOAT 
    
    Tropical Weather Outlook
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
    200 PM EDT Wed Sep 20 2017
    
    For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
    
    The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical
    Storm Jose, located a couple of hundred miles south of Nantucket,
    Massachusetts, and on extremely dangerous Hurricane Maria, located
    near the northwest coast of Puerto Rico.
    
    Satellite data indicate that the remnants of Lee, located about
    1000 miles east of the Leeward Islands, have become less organized
    today and the associated winds have decreased below gale force.
    Environmental conditions are currently not conducive for tropical
    cyclone formation, but they could become a little less hostile in a
    day or two.  This low is expected to move northward over the central
    Atlantic Ocean during the next few days.
    * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.
    
    &&
    Additional information on the remnants of Lee can be found in High
    Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service, under AWIPS
    header NFDHSFAT1, WMO header FZNT01 KWBC, and available on the Web
    at http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/NFDHSFAT1.shtml.
    
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    Forecaster Cangialosi
    
    

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