Hurricane Maria will not strike the US

Tropical Storm Jose weakens while Hurricane Maria is picking up steam. Tropical Storm Jose is currently producing gusty winds, high surf and rip currents off the coast of New England. Jose will not make landfall in the US.

Hurricane Maria is getting stronger as it slowly moves toward the Turks and Caicos Islands. The good news is that Hurricane Maria will turn to the north and then northeast over the next few days. That means that Hurricane Maria also, will make landfall on the US mainland.

Tropical Storm Jose

The center of Tropical Storm Jose is locates 150 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph  with higher gusts. Jose is a large system. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from the center. A sustained wind of 39 mph with a gust to 52 mph was recently reported at the Nantucket airport. An unofficial observing site in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard just reported a sustained wind of 42 mph with a gust to 52 mph.

Jose is stationary, and the system is expected to meander well offshore of the coast of southeast New England for the next few days.  Gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Jose is forecast to become post-tropical overnight.

Hurricane Maria

The large eye of Hurricane Maria  is located  80 miles ESE of Grand Turk Island. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph with higher gusts. Maria is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.

Maria is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the
north-northwest is forecast early Friday, with that motion continuing through early Saturday. On this forecast track, Maria’s eye will continue to pass  then move near or just east of the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas tonight and on Friday. Some additional strengthening is possible during the next day or so.

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