MARIA set to strike battered Caribbean Islands

Monday 18th September 2017

Hurricane JOSE is now centred 260 miles east-sou'east of Cape Hatteras moving north at 10 knots and has weakened slightly with maximum winds of 70 knots as it passes between Bermuda and the Outer Banks today. This is expected to turn to the north east late tomorrow and pass 90 miles southeast of Nantucket Island as a tropical storm on Wednesday. Long periods of faffing about at sea has made JOSE a rainmaker and will produce heavy rain with tropical storm force winds across eastern Long Island and eastern Massachusetts before leaving the eastern seaboard and weakening.

Hurricane MARIA is centred 110 miles east-sou'east of Dominica, moving west-nor'west 12 knots with maximum winds of 95 knots. MARIA will cross the already battered northern Windward and southern Leeward Islands today and is forecast to intensify across the northeastern Caribbean before making landfall on southwestern Puerto Rico on Wednesday evening as a category 4 hurricane with maximum winds of 120 knots producing flooding and wind damage across the Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola late tonight and into tomorrow. The track thereafter is unclear and depends on interaction with the land masses it encounters. We will have a clearer idea tomorrow. Not good.

Tropical Depression LEE is now 1100 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, moving to the west-nor'west at 12 knots. This isn't going to bother anyone.

Storm cones aloft over the Leeward Islands again.