WASHINGTON (WUSA) - The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is not over yet -- and now a trio of tropical named storms have formed in the Atlantic and will be tracking closer to the United States in the coming days.
Here's the latest satellite loop of the three.
Jose poses the greatest threat of impacts to parts of the east coast.
Although the center of Jose is forecasted to remain offshore, coastal areas from the Outer Banks through southern New England and the Cape will experience high rip current risk and various degrees of beach erosion, large swells, and even the possibility of outer bands of rain and tropical storm force winds to some parts of the east coast. For the latest on Jose, read this blog.
Out of the two remaining tropical systems to talk about, Maria is the most favorable for significant additional development and impacts with land. Maria became a hurricane Sunday evening and will be entering an area with a very favorable environment continued strengthening with low wind shear and very warm ocean waters. Read more about Maria here.
With this intensification period, Maria has strengthened into a major hurricane as it tracks very close if not over Puerto Rico.
Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches and Warnings have been issued ahead of Maria for many island groups - including for several islands that were just clobbered by Hurricane Irma. Antigua and Barbuda are in a hurricane watch, issued by their local governments; 95% of the structures and homes on Barbuda were destroyed by Irma and the island residents were evacuated to temporary shelters last week on Antigua. We will need to watch the track of Maria very closely.
In the near future, Maria will not pose an immediate impact to the U.S. Mainland. It will, however, potentially impact some of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Impacts along the U.S. mainland are too early to talk about -- but this is a storm we will most certainly need to watch, especially as it nears closer to the east coast in the coming 7 - 9 days.
The storm furthest away from the U.S. is Tropical Depression Lee. Luckily, this storm will pose no immediate threat to land and will encounter more shear in the atmosphere in a couple of days, eventually leading to its degradation.
For the latest on these tropical systems, check out our WUSA 9 Hurricane Tracker.
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