Maria will likely continue heading to the west-northwest for the next four days but should slow, which may spare some of the islands from the storm’s fiercest winds.
Jose is expected to pass close to Long Island on Tuesday and into Wednesday, but it’s not now expected to make landfall. From there, the forecast becomes more uncertain. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km). Jose is expected to weaken to a tropical storm later today as it starts moving northeast and then east, avoiding landfall in the United States.
NHC is also keeping an eye on newly-formed Tropical Storm Lee, which is crossing the Atlantic from Africa toward the Americas. “All of Puerto Rico will experience hurricane force winds”.
Tropical storm watches for this system have been issued for St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe.
Even so, by Tuesday it could bring tropical storm conditions from Fenwick Island, Delaware, to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and from East Rockaway Inlet on New York’s Long Island to the MA island of Nantucket.
While Maria does not pose an imminent threat to Florida, still reeling from the carnage wrought by Hurricane Irma, Samuhel said forecasters are watching closely.
Fox 61 Meteorologist Sam Sampieri said Sunday that the storm could track closer to the East Coast bringing heavy rain and flooding.
Maximum sustained winds are near 165 miles per hour with higher gusts. The latest track has it shifting farther east Wednesday putting it at less risk to the Northeast Coast; however, a small deviation in the track could change that.
The warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours. It is still about 790 miles off the southwest side of Cape Verde, where the majority of Atlantic storms come from, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It is now a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds that have decreased to near 35 miles per hour.