Jose Becomes Category 1 Hurricane, Path Threatens US East Coast

Tropical Storm Maria has formed in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Maria has formed in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Maria is projected to approach the Lesser Antilles as a hurricane tomorrow. Maximum sustained winds have increased to are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

By midweek, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico could again face fierce winds with Maria expected to become another major hurricane. It said these swells are likely to cause unsafe surf and life-threatening rip currents for several days in these areas.

The hurricane center warned those from North Carolina to New England to keep an eye on the storm, and said tropical storm watches may be needed for parts of the area during the next day or two.

Jose sits approximately 420 miles from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and continues to head in a northerly direction at roughly 8 miles an hour.

John Eckes, from Kitty Hawk, says he's been through several Category 1 hurricanes before and does not typically board up his house.

The National Hurricane Centre said Tropical Storm Maria was expected to approach the Leeward Islands on Monday, and was bringing winds of up to 50 miles per hour.

As of 9 a.m. MDT, the Category 1 hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was located 260 miles south of Cabo San Lucas.

Tropical storm conditions are possible Sunday night and Monday in the Outer Banks of North Carolina as Jose passes by offshore. Currently, the hurricane "Jose" is located near the East coast of the United States and moves North.

"Our main worry now is for the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic", said Chris Fisher, a forecaster in the Miami office of the weather service.

Early models show Maria moving toward Florida and up the U.S. East Coast, but forecasts are far in advance. There were no changes with Tropical Storm Lee on the 5 p.m. advisory.

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