Trio of Tropical Systems In The Atlantic Tracking Closer To The US

Hurricane Jose strengthens slightly 500 miles south of Bermuda: NHC

Hurricane Jose ambles toward US, unlikely to make landfall

Life-threatening rip currents are expected along parts of the U.S. East Coast, and tropical storm watches may be needed for portions of the area from North Carolina to New England during the next day or two, according to the advisory, the 48th so far about the long-lived weather system.

As the busy 2017 hurricane season continues, a depression west of the Cabo Verde Islands in the central Atlantic Ocean strengthened into Tropical Storm Lee, the NHC said.

It was centered about 355 miles (575 kilometers) southeast of Cape Hattaras late Sunday morning and was moving north at 9 mph (15 kph).

The storm was centered about 485 miles (785 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda on Friday, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). Along with wind and rain, Jose will cause rough surf and unsafe rip currents from the Carolina coast north into New England.

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Hurricane watches were in effect for numerous very islands still trying to cope with the devastation left by Hurricane Irma, including St. Martin, St. Barts and Antigua and Barbuda.

"While the exact strength and track of the storm remain uncertain, there is a low chance for strong gusty winds and heavy rain Tuesday into Wednesday".

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) Sunday afternoon.

The government of Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday issued a Hurricane Warning for St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat and a Tropical Storm Warning for Antigua and Barbuda. It won't hit North Carolina directly, but it will make a close pass to the Outer Banks, and beach-goers should take notice.

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Most long-range computer models suggest Maria could exploit the same break in a mid-level high pressure ridge that Jose did. and thus pass east of the southeastern US coast this weekend and early next week. If Jose weakens the high pressure ridge steering the storm, it could allow Maria to head more to the northwest or north-northwest, he said.

Tropical storm watches were also in effect for St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Unfortunately, this looks like it could be another very unsafe hurricane for parts of the Lesser Antilles, U.S. and British Virgin islands, and Puerto Rico.

Tropical Storm Lee: Finally, we have Tropical Storm Lee farther off in the Atlantic.

A fall trough moving across the US, he said, could also strengthen a ridge in the northeast, preventing the storm from moving out to sea.

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Lee isn't expected to near Caribbean waters until late next week, and it's likely the system won't threaten land, forecasters said.

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