Three storms raging in Atlantic - with one aiming for Irma's path

Lucy Bush
September 19, 2017

Late Sunday afternoon, the NHC upgraded Maria from a tropical storm to a category 1 hurricane.

Maria was about 275 miles (445km) east-southeast of the Leeward island of Dominica with maximum sustained winds of 75mph (100km/h) at 4 pm (8 pm GMT), the US National Hurricane Center said.

Jose is expected to drop heavy rain as it passes near New England on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Swells from the storm are affecting the Bahamas, Bermuda and much of the East Coast, according to the NHC. Tropical storm watches are posted for St. Lucia, Martinique, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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The Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, held a news conference outlining the nation's disaster preparations as a hurricane warning was put in place.

"Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Monday night or Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible on Monday", the National Hurricane Center said.

However, anyone with interests along the East Coast from Miami to North Carolina should be paying attention to this storm.

When wind speeds reac 74 miles per hour, they are classified as hurricanes. It's moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), and this motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Tuesday.

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Elsewhere, Hurricane Jose remained far off the US Atlantic coast and was forecast to avoid hitting the mainland.

Forecast models generally agree on a track that takes Maria near Guadalupe and the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles today and near Puerto Rico tomorrow as a major hurricane.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Download the First Alert Weather App to utilize the tropical tracker feature to keep an eye on all of the storms out at sea. Lee has now weakened to a tropical depression and poses no threat to the United States. There also various tropical storm watches. NOAA's Hurricane Hunters found a lower pressure with the storm compared to the last update, meaning Maria is getting stronger.

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