As of the 4 PM CDT Advisory from the National Hurricane Center; Maria has strengthened into a hurricane. Through Sunday night we have continued to see further strengthening.
Maria is the 13th named storm and the 7th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Hurricane Maria is approximately 150 miles to the east of the Leeward Islands. Maria is moving fairly quickly on a westerly path between 10-15 mph.
The forecast is for Maria to move west northwest towards the Lesser Antilles. Hurricane warnings are in effect for the islands of St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the US & British Virgin Islands
After is moves past the Leeward Islands Maria is expected to approach Puerto Rico and the island of Hispaniola. Likely as a major hurricane.
Right now Maria does not pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico or the mainland United States. It is still about 2000 miles from the southern tip of Florida and will likely still be east of the Bahama’s by next Wednesday. While it doesn’t pose a threat now, we will continue to watch closely.
We are still in the peak of hurricane season so it’s no surprise we have three named storms. Make sure you stay tuned to WKRG.COM for the latest on the tropics and your forecast. Also be sure to follow the First Alert Storm Team on Social Media.