Tracking Jose: Storm strengthens back into a Category 1 hurricane


As the storm moves closer to the region Tuesday and Wednesday, it will likely weaken back into a tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Maria was expected to become a hurricane on Sunday and Tropical Storm Lee continued moving slowly west. Surges from the storm are likely to cause risky surf and rip currents for most of the East Coast.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm warning was in effect Saturday for Mexico's Baja California Peninsula due to Hurricane Norma, which is forecast to pass nearby in the coming days. The U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola will also need to monitor Maria closely as it will head towards, and perhaps over these areas by the middle of the week.

It's still early to predict Maria's influence over southern United States or its coastline but some models showed the storm will move toward the southeastern US state of Florida and up the east coast. It said these swells are likely to cause risky surf and life-threatening rip currents for several days in these areas.

By later today, it may become Tropical Storm Maria, and in advance of that, tropical storm watches have been issued for parts of the Windward and Leeward Islands, including St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica.

Jose could possibly strike Cape Cod as a tropical storm before the system makes a hard right turn into the Atlantic early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts.

At 8 a.m. Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was located at 13.3° north and 55.6° west.

Weather conditions for eastern Long Island were still expected to worsen by Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Lee has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and it is moving to the west at 12mph. Model projections so far out can often be hundreds of miles off.

Most of southern New England, especially those at the coast, are under the cone of uncertainty released by the NHC.

Maria is expected to continue moving in a west to west-northwesterly direction over the next several days and steady strengthening is anticipated.