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Saturday evening Tropics check (9/16/2017)

Tropical Storm Maria forecast cone, Sat 9/16/2017 pm
Tropical Storm Lee, Sat 9/16/2017 pm
Hurricane Jose forecast cone, Sat 9/16/2017 pm
Hurricane Jose, Sat 9/16/2017 pm
Tropical Storms Maria (left) and Lee (right), Sat 9/16/2017 pm
Posted at 6:48 PM, Sep 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-16 16:04:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- The tropics remain active with two tropical storms and a hurricane churning in the Atlantic Basin.

Hurricane Jose is a category 1 storm with sustained winds near 80 mph. While fluctuations in strength are possible these next several days, Jose is expected to remain a hurricane at least through Monday.

At this time, Hurricane Jose is not expected to have direct impact to the American east coast, but may cause larger swells later in the week as is slides near Virginia and New England. Jose is already causing dangerous swells and surf for Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the northern coasts of Hispaniola.

Tropical storm Lee is sitting several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands with sustained winds at 40 mph. Due to an increase in shear, this tropical storm is expected to weaken within the next couple of days. Tropical Storm Lee will continue moving westward slowly through the end of this week.

Between Jose and Lee, we have Tropical Storm Maria sitting several hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands with sustained winds near 50 mph. Maria is expected to intensify in the coming days as the environment is favorable. Tropical Storm Maria is moving quick, 20 mph toward the west. By early next week, Maria is expected to affect portions of the Leeward Islands as a stronger system. 

At this time, none of these storms are expected to have a direct impact on the United States or Florida, but we will continue watching them with updates along the way.