As of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update, Hurricane Jose continued moving north and Hurricane Maria strengthened as it journeyed west across the Atlantic. Tropical Depression Lee was downgraded and could disappear within days.
Jose was about 335 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C,. and about 415 miles west of Bermuda on Sunday afternoon. The Category 1 hurricane was moving north at 9 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and higher gusts. The storm picked up strength by the morning, with an increase of 10 mph to its sustained winds and a nearly 20 mph increase in gust speed, but didn’t see an additional boost throughout the afternoon.
Its projected straight northward track should keep it a healthy distance from the Carolina coast, though a High Surf Advisory and Rip Current Statement have been issued by the National Weather Service in Charleston from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday as Jose churns up seas and causes coastal effects.
Over the next few days Jose is expected to weaken as it moves into colder and less favorable northern waters.
Tropical storm watches are in effect from Fenwick Island, Del., to Sandy Hook, N.J., including Delaware Bay South, and from East Rockaway Inlet, N.Y., to Plymouth, Mass., including Long Island Sound, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
As Jose falls apart, Hurricane Maria grew from a tropical storm on Sunday. The storm is expected to become a major hurricane by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Maria was about 140 miles east-northeast of Barbados and about 275 miles east-southeast of Dominica at 5 p.m., according to the hurricane center. It is moving west-northwest at 15 mph with sustained winds of 75 mph.
Hurricane watches have been issued for the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Anguilla, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, all of which are expected to be in the path of the storm and many of which are still reeling from Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat.
Tropical storm watches are in effect for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Saba and St. Eustatius.
While the hurricane center’s track seems to point Maria on an ominous path toward the U.S., it is far too early to make any such predictions, and more speculative spaghetti models, which try to project each path a storm might take and go several days further out than the hurricane center forecast, tend to show the storm curving off to the east. It is expected to move across the Leeward Island on Monday night.
Tropical Depression Lee
Currently sitting roughly 910 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, Tropical Depression Lee is moving west at 8 mph. It has sustained winds of 35 mph with gusts up to 46 mph.
There are currently no watches or warnings associated with Lee, which weakened to a tropical depression Sunday morning and did not pick up any strength throughout the day, and which might dissipate completely within the next two days, according to the hurricane center.
The storm’s current path has it moving into the middle of the Atlantic as it continues to gradually weaken.