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Maria prompts Barbados to issue hurricane warning - NHC

Maria prompts Barbados to issue hurricane warning - NHC

At 8 p.m. ET Saturday, the projected path of Tropical Storm Maria showed signs of becoming a hurricane. At this point Jose, which has maximum sustained winds of near 80 miles per hour, is moving northwest at 9 miles per hour.

Hurricane Jose was expected to strengthen over the weekend, bringing potentially risky surf and rip tide conditions from North Carolina to New England by early next week, the National Weather Service said Friday afternoon. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. As of Saturday morning, The National Hurricane Center forecasts Hurricane Jose to pass well offshore of the Carolina coast with minimal, if any, impact to North Carolina.

Tropical Storm Lee is churning over the eastern Atlantic. Maria's winds have strengthened from 35 mph to 50 mph with higher gusts and is moving west at 20 mph.

Tropical Storm Maria has formed in the Atlantic

With Jose about 500 miles south of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center on Friday warned of the potential for "direct impacts next week along portions of the East Coast ... from North Carolina northward".

And Saturday afternoon, Tropical depression 15 formed in the Atlantic. Jose was expected to remain a hurricane through Tuesday before weakening. But Jose turned to the north and spun a loop in the Atlantic, weakening to tropical storm status before picking up strength again and heading toward the East Coast.

The National Hurricane Center says people from North Carolina to New England should monitor the progress of the system. A turn toward the west-northwest and a slower forward speed are expected during next couple of days. It will approach coastal New England by the middle of the week. At 5 a.m. Sunday, this storm was located about 790 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving west at 7 miles per hour.

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