MARIA leaving eastern seaboard

Thursday 28th September 2017

The first of today's new disturbances is Forty Three which has piped up as an open low pressure wave between the northwestern Caribbean and Florida Straits. This will have an unusual track beginning with a course north across south Florida to the northern Bahamas across the coming weekend after which it will turn west across the Florida peninsula on Sunday night. This will bring this system's main threat, heavy rainfall albeit mere drizzle in comparison with recent events. Thereafter, the low pressure cell will drift west into the Gulf of Mexico then ashore undeveloped and unnoticed.

MARIA has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is now moving east at 7 knots leaving the eastern seaboard and our interest in its wake. Now 300 miles east-nor'east of Cape Hatteras, maximum wind speeds are down to 60 knots and decreasing.

Also new on the scene today, Disturbance Forty Four has sprung up close to the east of the Lesser Antilles. This is a weak tropical wave moving west-nor'west at 16 knots which will bring showers and the odd roll of thunder and across the Lesser Antilles today and the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Friday, but is not expected to develop as it moves across the Caribbean next week.

A nasty day at sea within reach of LEE.