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Saturday evening Tropics check (9/23/2017)

Tropical Storm Lee forecast cone (9/23/2017)
Tropical Storm Lee (9/23/2017)
Hurricane Maria forecast cone (9/23/2017)
Hurricane Maria (9/23/2017)
Tropical Storm Lee (9/23/2017)
Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-23 18:50:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Tropics remain active with two named storms churning in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Maria is still a category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 mph. Maria is currently sitting to the east of the Bahamas, with a slow north northwest movement. At this time, there are no watches or warnings in effect for this hurricane, but increased surf is expected over the next several days along parts of the southeastern United States. 

As Hurricane Maria continues moving northward, it's expected to gradually weaken. For the next several days, this storm will continue moving north. By late Tuesday and Wednesday, Maria will be near the coast of North Carolina. This may cause some of the larger and more dangerous surf that was previously mentioned. At this time, Hurricane Maria is not expected to make landfall on any part of the United States.

Moving into the Atlantic Ocean, about 900 miles east of Bermuda, we have Tropical Storm Lee. This storm has winds of 45 mph and is moving north northwest at 3 mph.

Lee is not a threat to land, but may strengthen a little through the week. Current forecast models are suggesting that this storm will circle around itself, staying in the same general area.

As always, the First Alert Weather Team will continue to watch these and any other areas of interest in the tropics with updates given as they come in.