The Caribbean and parts of the United States is still trying to recuperate and rebound from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. There are actually three storms in the Atlantic Ocean right now with Hurricane Jose, Hurricane Maria, and Tropical Storm Lee.
Islands in the Caribbean and certain locations in Florida were demolished by Hurricane Irma, not they are being threatened by Hurricane Maria. Look at how close the paths are for both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Maria is now a Category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds that could unleash “a dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves.” The eye of Hurricane Maria was expected to hit the Leeward Islands within 48 to 72 hours and then move toward Puerto Rico in four days where it could develop into a Category 3 hurricane with 125 mph winds. Hurricane watches have been issued for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Dominica, and Anguilla. Tropical storm watches are posted for St. Lucia, Martinique, Barbados and St. Vincent, and the Grenadines.
Hurricane Jose is slowly approaching the Northeast. And while it has a small percentage of making landfall, it is expected to hit the coast with powerful swells, life-threatening rip currents, tropical storm-force winds, and heavy rain.
Tropical Storm Lee formed on Saturday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and is approximately 700 miles southwest of Cape Verde off northwest Africa with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Thankfully, Lee is weakening and is expected to be downgraded to a depression on Tuesday. No land warnings have been issued.
Oh, and by the way, Tropical Storm Otis has formed in the Pacific Ocean.