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Monday evening Tropics check (9/18/2017)

Tropical Depression Lee forecast cone, Monday 9/18/2017 pm
Tropical Depression Lee, Monday 9/18/2017 pm
Hurricane Maria spaghetti plot, Monday 9/18/2017 pm
Hurricane Maria forecast cone, Monday 9/18/2017 8 pm
Hurricane Maria, cat 5...Monday 9/18/2017 8 pm
Hurricane Jose forecast cone, Monday 9/18/2017 pm
Hurricane Jose, Monday 9/18/2017 pm
Hurricane Jose, Monday 9/18/2017 pm
Posted at 4:14 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 19:11:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- There are still three areas of interest in the tropics, two hurricanes and a tropical depression.

Hurricane Jose is still situated just off the east coast of the United States as a category 1 storm with sustained winds of 75 mph. Jose is moving north at 10 mph and should begin weakening by mid-week as it moves into drier air. 

Although this storm is forecast to remain offshore, parts of the Northeast may see impacts of heavy rain, large and dangerous swells, and stronger winds. In fact, there are a number of tropical storm warnings and watches that have been issued ahead of this storm. 

Hurricane Maria is now a very dangerous category 5 storm just to the east Martinique. It is expected that Maria will cross over the Leeward Islands near Dominica Monday night, move into the northeast Caribbean, and reach Puerto Rico by mid-week.

At this time, Maria has sustained winds of 160 mph and is moving west northwest at 9 mph. Due to the favorable see and atmospheric conditions, Hurricane Maria is expected to strengthen a bit more in the next day or so.

There is a high pressure to the north of Maria that is expected to weaken later this week. This weakening high pressure will allow for Hurricane Maria to turn more to the north by next week. At this time, computer models are in decent agreement that this storm will remain away from the American coastline.

Tropical Depression Lee is still churning between the Lesser Antilles and the Cape Verde Islands. Winds are sustained at 35 mph with a west northwest movement of 16 mph.

Over the next 24 hours, Lee is forecast to move into an area with stronger wind shear and drier air. This should be enough to turn Tropical Depression Lee into a remnant low.

At time time, none of the systems are expected to directly impact Florida or Georgia, but the First Alert Weather Team will continue to watch all of them with updates given as they come out.