By Steve Dellar  |  09-18-2017   News
Photo credit: National Hurricane Center

First there was the visit of Harvey to Texas, then came Irma which wrecked Florida.

José luckily turned out not to be all that bad (he is still active in the Atlantic and might cause rains for the New York area, with maximum sustained winds of 90mph, but will eventually turn away). Katia and Lee were manageable, but, wait for it, here comes Maria.

According to the latest weather reports, Hurricane Maria is about to smash into the Caribbean and might even hit Florida, which would make it the second hurricane to hit the sunshine state in two weeks.

The US National Hurricane Center said that the (currently category one) hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit the islands late on Monday.

It is projected to move along the same path as Irma, and will hit Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique, where hurricane warnings have all been issued.

In the islands of St Martin, St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla as well as on the British Virgin Islands, residents have been warned that they must caution for the hurricane heading their way.

Some of those islands are in fact still recovering after being hit by Irma, the category five hurricane that left some 37 people dead and caused massive damage to the islands infrastructure.

National Hurricane Center: "On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands late Monday and Monday night and then over the extreme north-eastern Caribbean Sea Tuesday and Tuesday night. Maria is likely to affect the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by midweek as a dangerous major hurricane."

The NHC is also still tracking Hurricane José, who’s staying in the Atlantic ocean for the moment "swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, and much of the US east coast," the NHC said.

"These swells are likely to cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions for the next several days in these areas."

Source:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/855442/Hurricane-Maria-update-NOAA-National-Hurricane-Center-NHC-latest-advisory-live-path-track

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