hurricane maria

Maria Intensifying Rapidly 110 MPH Hurricane Warnings Leewards

Maria Intensifying Rapidly 110 MPH Hurricane Warnings Leewards

 

Maria Intensifying Rapidly 110 MPH

Hurricane Warnings Leewards

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Guadeloupe
* Dominica
* St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
* Martinique
* St. Lucia

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Antigua and Barbuda
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* St. Maarten

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* British Virgin Islands
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* St. Maarten
* St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
* Anguilla

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Barbados
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Hurricane Maria has begun a rapid strengthening phase as the pressure has dropped 20 millibars in the 12 hours. Maria is in an environment of light wind shear, very warm water, and underneath a near perfect outflow scenario aloft. Rapid strengthening is underway as the hurricane makes its approach to the Leeward Islands.

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There is no sign that the phase of rapid strengthening has stopped yet so Maria could become a category 3 hurricane later today.

…HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT REPORTS MARIA INTENSIFYING…
…EXPECTED TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE LATER TODAY…

 

SUMMARY OF 800 AM AST…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…14.6N 59.7W
ABOUT 85 MI…135 KM E OF MARTINIQUE
ABOUT 120 MI…195 KM ESE OF DOMINICA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…110 MPH…175 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…967 MB…28.56 INCHES

hurricane maria

Latest model track guidnace shows Maria moving over most of the islands in the Leewards and then right over the Virgin Islands and right over Puerto Rico as a major hurricane. Track models have shifted slightly to the north which would keep the center offshore the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

Longer term the arguments remain the same, Maria’s track will hinge on Jose and what that does with respect to the flow along the East Coast. We will discuss this matter later today.

 

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