Hurricane Maria forecast to become Category 4

Blow Maria is anticipation to rapidly strengthen over the abutting two canicule as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Blow Irma aloof canicule ago. The storm is accepted to become a above blow afore it hits the Leeward Islands over the abutting few days, accumulative to a Category 4 blow in 48 hours, according to the National Blow Center s latest update.As of Monday at 2 a.m. ET, Maria was about 90 afar (145 kilometers) north-northeast of Barbados and about 170 afar (270 kilometers) east-southeast of Dominica, the centermost said. The storm has adequate into a Category 1 blow with apprehension of 90 mph, and is anticipation to abide affective against the eastern Caribbean at 13 mph. Maria continues to strengthen and is accepted to be at above blow acuteness back it affects portions of the Leeward Islands over the abutting few days, bringing alarming wind, storm billow and condensate hazards, the blow centermost said.Maria is one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it poses the best crisis to the hurricane-battered Caribbean. Maria has prompted a blow admonishing for Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat. A close storm admonishing is in aftereffect for Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Lucia. A admonishing is about issued 36 hours afore the advancing aboriginal accident of tropical-storm-force winds. The admonishing agency that close storm altitude are accepted aural 36 hours.A blow watch is in aftereffect for the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Anguilla — abounding of which were devastated back Irma blew through the Caribbean, killing 44 people. A blow watch is about issued 48 hours afore the advancing aboriginal accident of tropical-storm-force winds. Maria is acceptable to affect the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid anniversary as a alarming above hurricane, the NHC said. Torrential condensate could account baleful beam calamity and mudslides. Maria could dump 6 to 12 inches of rain beyond the Leeward Islands — including Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands — through Wednesday night. Blow JoseMeanwhile, Blow Jose is advancement its acuteness as it churns north, aggressive dangerous cream and rip currents forth the US East Bank in the abutting few days, the blow centermost said. Early Monday, the Category 1 blow was about 290 afar (465 kilometers) southeast of Cape Hatteras, Arctic Carolina, and affective arctic at 9 mph. While the centermost of Jose is accepted to break off from the US East Coast, swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, and abundant of the US east coast, the NHC said. These swells are acceptable to account alarming cream and rip accepted altitude for the abutting several canicule in these areas. Tropical storm watches are in abode for portions of the eastern bank of the US addition amid Delaware and Massachusetts.The blow centermost said that Jose would aftermath abundant rain as it passes abreast southern New England and the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday and Wednesday, but that based on accepted forecasting the accident of calamity would be limited in scope. Close Abasement LeeLee, the third storm in the Atlantic, fizzled from a close storm to a close abasement Sunday, the blow centermost said.As of Sunday night, the storm was about 980 afar west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Lee s best abiding apprehension accept sputtered to 35 mph, and are accepted to added abate in the advancing days. s Kelly McCleary and Gene Norman contributed to this report.

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