Newly formed tropical storm Maria poses a threat to the Leeward islands, the NHC says.
At 5:00PM today, (Saturday, September 16), the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 52.6 West.
Maria is moving toward the west near 20 mph (31 km/h). A slower west-northwest motion is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, Maria is expected to approach the Leeward Islands on Monday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.
Additional strengthening is expected and Maria is forecast to become hurricane when it approaches the Leeward Islands early next week.
The AccuWeather website advised that some of the islands that were largely spared from Irma’s wrath may take a direct hit from the storm, including Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.
A hurricane watch is in effect for:
- St. Kitts
A tropical storm watch is in effect for:
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines