Three tropical systems are churning in the Atlantic this weekend


In the beginning of last week over the Atlantic was formed tropical storm "Jose".

At 5 a.m. ET Sunday, Maria was about 460 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph. Jose is a weak hurricane with most of the cloud cover associated with it located to the north of the center of the storm. "So far, there are no onshore Tropical Storm watches along the USA coast, but we will continue to have a high rip current risk and some heavy surf along our coast through Tuesday", he said. These islands saw devastation during hurricane Irma. Wind gusts greater than 80 miles per hour will batter most of this area but gusts up to 120 miles per hour will occur near the center of Maria as it tracks near Dominica and Guadalupe. After passing near the Virgin Islands, Irma could make a direct impact on Puerto Rico.

Maria could become a major category three hurricane by Wednesday as it continues to move toward the northwest and near Hispaniola by the end of the week.

"It's still a ways away from having any impact here", said Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at State College.

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.

Total rainfall expected over the next five days
Total rainfall expected over the next five days

Only Jose, which was moving north at about 8 miles per hour on Sunday morning, is expected to impact North Carolina's coast, though its threat remains rather low.

Tropical Storm Lee formed Saturday morning way out in the Atlantic near Africa.

A third storm, Lee, has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

Jose is a Category 1 storm spinning about 480 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe.

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