Potentially 'catastrophic' Hurricane Maria nearing already battered Caribbean

On Saturday afternoon, a third area of low pressure strengthened to a tropical storm, bringing up the total to one hurricane and two tropical storms in the Atlantic basin.

Hurricane advisories were extended across Caribbean islands battered by Hurricane Irma as Maria approaches, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center's latest projections show Jose diminishing to a tropical storm by 2 a.m. Wednesday before veering to the northeast.

Hurricane Jose may bring trouble to the U.S. East Coast in the coming days - producing risky surf and rip currents along the middle and upper coastline.

Further strengthening to a Category 3 storm is expected as the storm nears Puerto Rico by Wednesday. Also be sure to follow the First Alert Storm Team on Social Media. Luckily, we can breathe a little easier as Hurricane Jose should continue north and pass the Carolinas hundreds of miles from our shoreline late Sunday through Monday. Tropical storm watches have been posted for portions of the Lesser Antilles including, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Lee is moving toward the west near 8 miles per hour, and this motion is forecast to continue through Sunday afternoon.

"Although Jose will generally pass offshore of much of the East Coast, a landfall can still not be ruled out as Jose makes its closest pass to the United States", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, within 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds are defined as winds sustained at or above 39 miles per hour.

A third system in the Atlantic, Tropical Depression Lee, was just under 1,900 nautical miles east-southeast of Bermuda at 6pm yesterday.

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