September 16, 2017 04:59 PM
MIAMI (AP) - The Latest on tropical weather in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans (all times local):
Tropical Storm Maria has formed in the Atlantic and is forecast to strengthen and brush by some islands that were recently wrecked by Hurricane Irma.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). It was located about 620 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was heading west at 20 mph (31 kph). A slower west-northwest motion is expected over the next couple of days.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat.
Maria is expected to be a hurricane as it approaches the Leeward Islands on Monday.
Maria could also affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid-week as a dangerous major hurricane, and hurricane watches could be issued for these islands as early as Sunday.
A tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic and the system is forecast to strengthen and brush by islands that were recently wrecked by Hurricane Irma.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that a tropical storm watch was in effect for the islands of St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The hurricane center says the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later Saturday, and could be near hurricane status when it approaches the Leeward Islands on Tuesday.
The death toll from Irma in the Caribbean was 38.
Hurricane season is roaring on as Tropical Storm Lee forms far from land, Jose threatens the U.S. East Coast and Norma moves closer to Mexico.
Norma is forecast to pass near the resort-studded southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula late Sunday and early Monday.
Meanwhile in the Atlantic, Jose threatens to impact the Northeast part of the U.S. in the next few days, and Lee developed into a tropical storm.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that Lee had sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was about 655 miles (1055 kilometers) west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Little change in strength is forecast over the next couple of days.
To the west, another disturbance prompted tropical storm watches for a portion of the Lesser Antilles. The system is about 755 miles (1215 kilometers) east of the area, and the governments of St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe have issued watches.
A tropical storm warning was in effect Saturday for the resort-studded southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula due to Hurricane Norma, which is forecast to pass nearby in the coming days.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was essentially stationary in the morning but was expected to resume motion toward the north and approach waters west of the peninsula late Sunday or early Monday.
Norma had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), just above the minimum threshold for a Category 1 hurricane. The storm was 260 miles (420 kilometers) south of Cabo San Lucas.
The peninsular region that's home to the twin resort cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo was hit about two weeks ago by Tropical Storm Lidia, which flooded streets and homes and killed at least four people.
In the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose was far from land but generating powerful swells that the center said were affecting coastal areas in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the U.S. southeast.
The center added that tropical storm watches were possible for the U.S. East Coast later in the day and advised people from North Carolina to New England to monitor Jose's progress.
The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). It was located about 550 miles (885 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and was heading northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).
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Created: September 16, 2017 04:59 PM
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