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UPDATE: Tuesday morning Tropics check (9/19/2017)

Hurricane Maria Forecast track (8am 09/19/2017)
Hurricane Maria Advisory (8am 09/19/2017)
Hurricane Maria (09/19/2017)
Hurricane Jose Forecast track (8am 09/19/2017)
Hurricane Jose (09/19/2017)
Hurricane Maria Forecast track (8am 09/19/2017)
Posted at 6:23 AM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 05:27:54-04

MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- As of the 8:00am advisories, Hurricane Maria is a Category 5 storm and Hurricane Jose is barely a Category 1 storm. Tropical Depression Lee has dissipated over the open Atlantic.

To start, Hurricane Jose is still a Category 1 hurricane as of the 8:00am ET advisory. As of that advisory, the center of the hurricane was located 350 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Maximum sustained winds were measured to be around 75 mph, making this a minimal Category 1 hurricane. On satellite, the system resembles a non-tropical low pressure system (a sign of it's eventual transition coming soon).

The system is expected to stall southeast of the New England region through Friday, providing for an increased threat of dangerous surf and rip currents.

The latest WATCHES and WARNINGS associated with Jose are below:

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* WATCH HILL TO HULL
* BLOCK ISLAND
* MARTHA'S VINEYARD
* NANTUCKET

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* THE COAST OF LONG ISLAND FROM FIRE ISLAND INLET TO PORT JEFFERSON
* NEW HAVEN TO WATCH HILL

Hurricane Maria is the stronger of the two hurricanes. Yesterday, it rapidly intensified from Category 1 to Category 5.

This transition occurred before it struck the Leeward Islands, including Dominica and Guadeloupe. After briefly dropping to Category 4 strength, it is back to Category 5 strength as of the 5:10am ET update by the National Hurricane Center. The latest maximums sustained wind measurements were at 160 mph. It was last located 170 miles southeast of St. Croix, per the 8:00am ET update.

The system is now targeting the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. It will likely be either a Category 4 or 5 storm (at this point, the differences of impacts would likely not vary by much) and it may strike Puerto Rico directly.

The latest WATCHES and WARNINGS associated with Maria are below:

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* GUADELOUPE
* DOMINICA
* ST. KITTS... NEVIS... AND MONTSERRAT
* U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
* PUERTO RICO... CULEBRA... AND VIEQUES

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
* SABA AND ST. EUSTATIUS
* ST. MAARTEN
* ANGUILLA
* ST. LUCIA
* MARTINIQUE

A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* SABA AND ST. EUSTATIUS
* ST. MAARTEN
* ST. MARTIN AND ST. BARTHELEMY
* ANGUILLA
* ISLA SAONA TO PUERTO PLATA

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
* WEST OF PUERTO PLATA TO THE NORTHERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-HAITI
BORDER

You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each weekday morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.

Plus, you can get the First Alert forecast every 10 minutes on Channel 27.3 Weather NOW.

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