Loc: Austin, Tx
Center of Maria Moving Away from the Bahamas
Sun Sep 17 2017 05:18 PM
9AM EDT 23 September 2017 Update
Maria is moving away from the Bahamas, but has expanded a bit in size, it is forecast to move generally north to north northwest over the next few days and be at its closest approach to Cape Hatteras on Wednesday, landfall is not expected, but portions of the outer banks may see some outer effects of Maria.
Those along the coast in North Carolina and northward should continue to watch Maria, but direct landfall is not expected. Its too soon to tell how much impact may occur, however.
6AM EDT 22 September 2017 Update
From here all the models, save the CMC, take Maria out to sea. With Wednesday being the key day for any potential surprises based on that. However, with so much going against it it appears out to sea remains the most likely scenario.
Maria is passing just to the east of the Turks and Caicos today, close enough for them to feel many of the affects. Beyond that North Carolina and Bermuda will want to keep an eye on it, but it appears neither will see direct impacts (other than heavy surf, minor coastal flooding, and rip currents)
8PM EDT 20 September 2017 Update
Maria's eye is clearing out again. The mountains of Puerto Rico did disrupt it, but did not destroy it. Maria is likely to restrengthen some (probably not to cat 5 again as it'll be going over the waters stirred up by Irma), and may get very close or the western side to the Turks and Caicos, but the NHC's track seems good. She's very likely to stay well east of Florida.
Puerto Rico was absolutely devastated though, and it's still raining in parts that flooded (and flooded well beyond record flood levels)
1:15PM EDT 20 September 2017 Update
The center of Hurricane Maria is starting to exit PR this afternoon, but horrendous flooding rain, surge and brutal wind gusts will continue for hours yet to come - with inland flooding, rock and mudslides possibly lingering well beyond this week.
Initial recon data suggests that interaction with mountainous Puerto Rico has significantly diminished the hurricane, with minimum pressure now up to an extrapolated low 960s range, but this disruption is forecast to give way by tonight, with most models forecasting restrengthening, yet again, as Maria once again encounters a favorable to very favorable environment for intensification.
A coming brush with a Cat 4 or even 5 Maria for the Turks & Caicos can not be ruled out.
7:15AM EDT 20 September 2017 Update
Maria makes landfall near Yabucoa, PR and is over the island now. Power, Communication, radar and more are out in much of the eastern half of the Island. 155mph was the official windspeed, making it a category 4 (just under 5) at landfall.
7:00PM EDT 19 September 2017 Update
Recon recently reported 909mb pressure with 175mph winds.
The pressure makes this the #10 strongest (by pressure) ever recorded hurricane in the Atlantic basin.
2:30PM EDT 19 September 2017 Update
POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE MARIA MOVING ACROSS THE NORTHEASTERN CARIBBEAN TOWARD THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO. PREPARATIONS AGAINST LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AND RAINFALL FLOODING AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION. - NHC
After the temporary disruption and loss of Category 5 status from having gone directly over the tall island nation of Dominca, Hurricane Maria has resumed Rapid Intensification, with recon now finding a minimum central pressure down to 920mb, with maximum sustained winds of about 165 MPH. Continued strengthening is very possible, and Maria could still be a Cat 5 (or potentially even a high-end Five) when she passes over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and that is in fact now reflected in the official NHC forecast.
8:00PM EDT 18 September 2017 Update
Maria is now an extremely dangerous, super compact Cat Five Major about to make landfall on Dominica.
5:00PM EDT 18 September 2017 Update
Maria is now a compact and violent 130 MPH Cat IV Major - still intensifying - with her center closing in on Dominica. With Maria's continued dramatic strengthening and very supportive conditions for additional strengthening ahead, it is becoming likely that Maria impacts - possibly directly - the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a very high-end Major - possibly even a high-end Five.
SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 45 MI...70 KM ESE OF DOMINICA
ABOUT 35 MI...55 KM NE OF MARTINIQUE
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...215 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...950 MB...28.06 INCHES
Preparations to protect life should now be rushed to completion on the islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique. On Maria's likely track, preparations to protect life and property should be nearing completion on the VIs and PR. Failure to take advantage of well-built hurricane shelters will almost certainly result in injury or even death.
Recon has found that Maria is now a Hurricane. Conditions are alarmingly favorable that the cyclone could be or will soon be undergoing Rapid Intensification, and it is likely that Maria will be yet another very serious Major while on a trajectory that could take it directly over several of the islands recently impacted to greater or lesser degrees by Irma.
SUMMARY OF MARIA WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Antigua and Barbuda
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* St. Lucia
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* British Virgin Islands
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* St. Maarten
* St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines
For in-depth Maria model talk and more beyond the cone with us in the HURRICANE Maria Lounge
Hurricane Jose continues its track to the north, with a bend to the northeast, then east, and southeast expected over the next several days. Should Jose continue on as forecast, the strongest impacts to the Northeast US may be kept offshore - however, dangerous swells generated by Jose are already affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, and much of the U.S. east coast. Dangerous surf and rip currents should be expected for days to come in these locations. In addition, Jose is forecast produce heavy rain totals over eastern Long Island, Rhode Island, and southeast Massachusetts. Any deviation to the left of NHC's track would increase the likelihood that even greater impacts to the US coast would likely be experienced.
SUMMARY OF JOSE WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Fenwick Island to Sandy Hook
* Delaware Bay South
* East Rockaway Inlet to Plymouth
* Block Island
* Martha's Vineyard
For in-depth Jose model talk and more join us in the HURRICANE Jose Lounge
Edited by MikeC (Sat Sep 23 2017 09:27 AM)