(NHC) At 11:00AM AST today, Saturday September 17, the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 13.5 north, longitude 56.2 west.
Maria is located approximately 316 miles or 509km east of St Lucia.
Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands Monday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to become a hurricane later today.
The government of Barbados has issued a Hurricane Warning for Dominica.
The government of St. Lucia has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for St. Lucia.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
- St. Lucia
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
- Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
- Saba and St. Eustatius
- St. Maarten
- St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.