Storm cones aloft North Carolina
Sunday 24th September 2017
From west to east -
Category 2 hurricane MARIA is now 500 miles south-sou'east of Cape Hatteras, moving north-nor'west at 7 knots. This is still freshening but indications show this is near peak now at an HSI rating of 25 (15 for size and 10 for intensity) with maximum winds of 130 knots and a tropical storm windfield radius of 240 miles. This is a very wide storm. MARIA has been moving just west of due north since last night and is expected to continue until late Wednesday to early Thursday when it expected to be located around 100 miles from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Tropical storm force winds and torrential rain are likely across eastern North Carolina and high seas will also cause coastal flooding. Any deviation to the west will bring heavier rains and stronger winds to eastern North Carolina, and tropical storm force winds to southeastern Virginia. This is so slow. We will have MARIA a little longer.
The remnants of JOSE continue to loaf around off New England. Further weakening is expected, and dissipation is likely to occur in a couple of days.
Tropical Storm LEE rapidly intensified overnight and has regained hurricane intensity with sustained 80 knot winds. Regional conditions are favourable for further development but this will be of no interest to anyone other than those at sea in the central Atlantic. Currrently centred around 800 miles east of Bermuda, LEE is virtually stationary and likely to remain on position for a couple of days.
Storm cones aloft North Carolina.