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Jose to pass as Maria eyes up the Caribbean

Jose to pass as Maria eyes up the Caribbean

Hurricane Jose remains a category 1 hurricane but has also strengthened during the day Sunday.

Meanwhile, a hurricane watch was issued for the US Virgin Islands as Maria became a hurricane Sunday evening. It had strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 85 miles per hour, and is forecast to continue moving toward the eastern Caribbean at 13 miles per hour. Jose is expected to weaken to a tropical storm later today as it starts moving northeast and then east, avoiding landfall in the United States.

People who live along the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina up to New England should monitor Hurricane Jose, forecasters say.

A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Maria is about 620 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is packing maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

Tropical Storm Maria is forecast to continue west-northwest over the next couple days, with the center nearing the Leeward Islands Monday night.

It's likely to make a close pass to New England sometime Tuesday into Wednesday.

Maria could hit Puerto Rico on Thursday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, said Ernesto Morales with the US National Weather Service in San Juan.

Tropical storm watches have already been put in effect for an area including Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Maximum sustained winds were holding at 50 miles per hour. Lee has become a Tropical Depression and will fall apart even more so over the next few days.

"While Maria's trajectory may appear similar to Irma's, realize that Maria is a different storm and will carve out a unique track independent of Irma's track", said Waldenberger. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles from the center. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible in the warned area - generally within 48 hours.

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