Travel Alert: Hurricane Maria And Hurricane Jose Predicted To Hit The Caribbean
UPDATE: 19th September, 2017
Hurricane Maria has strengthened from a category 1 to a category 5 and is now a "potentially catastrophic' storm. At present, Maria is bearing down on islands across the Caribbean, with the island of Dominica first in its current path, moving at speeds of 260km/h. Maria is moving along a similar path to that of recent Hurricane Irma.
Maximum-level alerts have been raised in Martinique and Guadeloupe has ordered evacuations. Hurricane warnings are also in place for Dominica, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. St Kitts, St Lucia Nevis and Montserrat are also under alert, while hurricane watches are in place for St Martin, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla.
Maria is predicted to pose a significant threat, with fear of life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides. As a result buildings and schools are being closed and evacuated, and military teams have been deployed by the British Government headed for the British Virgin Islands.
Three storms are currently gaining pace in the Atlantic Ocean; Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Jose and Tropical Depression Lee. Gaining strength and momentum, they are now incurring hurricane watches and warnings across the Caribbean. They are predicted to escalate within the next 36 hours, heading toward Islands in the Caribbean just days after Hurricane Irma left a wake of devastation.
Currently churning its way through the Atlantic, Maria was been upgraded from a tropical storm to a category 1 hurricane over the weekend. At present, Maria is posing the most danger to the hurricane-battered Caribbean: the areas of Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St Kitts, Montserrat and Nevis are currently under hurricane warning.
Hurricane watch is also in effect for the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico as well as other areas recently devastated by Irma. Torrential rainfall of 15 to 30 centimetres is expected which could causing deadly flash flooding and mudslides over coming days.
Hurricane Jose has also been marked as a category 1 hurricane after it intensified yesterday while heading north. The centre of Jose is expected to stall off the US East Coast, however the swell it will generate is likely to effect the Bahamas, Bermuda and much of the US Eastern Seaboard, causing dangerous surf and rip currents over the next few days. Minor to moderate coastal flooding may also follow, along with tropical-storm-force winds.
Tropical Depression Lee
Tropical Storm Lee formed on Saturday, spinning over 1,100 miles off the west-southwest of Cape Verde off Northwest Africa. Lee has since been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression, after slowing down to 55km/h. Lee is expected to fade, without any major warnings.
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