Maria strengthens into dangerous Category 4 hurricane -US NHC

Maria strengthens into dangerous Category 4 hurricane -US NHC

Maria strengthens into dangerous Category 4 hurricane -US NHC

The system became much better organized Saturday afternoon, forecasters said, as it moved over warm tropical waters and encountered light wind shear.

Meanwhile, a hurricane watch was issued for the US Virgin Islands as Maria became a hurricane Sunday evening.

Maria was located east of the islands early Monday and will continue moving west-northwest at about 10 miles per hour, with that motion decreasing in forward speed through Tuesday evening.

Hurricane Jose is churning northward through the Atlantic Ocean, kicking up unsafe surf and rip currents along the East Coast, but it's not expected to make landfall.

As reported in the official Twitter of the center, in the beginning of next week Maria will strengthen to a hurricane and will affect the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean sea.

And Maria is taking aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma less than two weeks ago.

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Maximum sustained winds are near 165 miles per hour with higher gusts.

In its 11 a.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Jose remains a Category 1 storm and is located 230 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and 335 miles south of Nantucket, Mass.

"This storm promises to be catastrophic for our island", he said. The National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. advisory has Maria nearly 620 miles east-southeast from The Lesser Antilles.

Tropical Storm Lee formed Saturday morning way out in the Atlantic near Africa. The Meteorological Service of St. Maarten has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for St. Maarten. A hurricane warning is in effect for Dominica with tropical storm warnings for St. Lucia.

Hurricane Jose is moving northward, producing large swells and contributing to rip current risks along the southeast coast.

Tropical Storm Lee is over the far eastern Atlantic, over 600 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

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