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TROPICAL DEPRESSION 14 NOW TROPICAL STORM MARIA

TROPICAL DEPRESSION 14 NOW TROPICAL STORM MARIA

September 7, 2011636Views

TROPICAL DISTURNBANCE 37

Tropical
Disturbance 37 is located near 17N/58W, and is moving to the west-northwest at
15 mph. At this time no further development has taken place however the system
may bring unstable weather conditions to the territory ahead Tropical
Depression 14 which has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Maria.

TROPICAL
STORM MARIA

Current
Location:
13.0N/42.0W

Geographic
Reference:
1305 miles east of the Lesser Antilles

Movement:
West at 23 mph

Maximum
Winds:
50 mph gusting to 65 mph

Organizational
Trend:
Increasing

Forecast
Track Confidence:
Average due to good
model consensus and well-defined steering flow.

Changes From Previous Forecast

Forecasters
have slowed the strengthening trend through the first 4 days.

Forecast

Tropical
Depression Fourteen has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Maria. It continues
moving quickly to the west or west-northwest with little change expected over
the next couple of days. A gradual northwest turn will begin by the weekend
followed by a northward turn early next week. This track will take Maria near
the northeastern Caribbean Sea on Saturday and early Sunday.

Moderate wind shears in Maria’s path will
likely limit strengthening, and forecasters think it will still be a tropical
storm when it skirts the northeastern Caribbean Sea over the weekend. Once it
moves north of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, conditions will become a little more
favorable and it has a chance to become a hurricane. Confidence in the
intensity forecast remains below normal due to uncertainties in the amount of
wind shear in its path. The current track will bring will Tropical Storm Maria very close or over
the Virgin Islands. Residents should monitor the progress of the storm and make
the necessary preparations.

Expected Impacts on Land

Leeward
Islands:
Squalls may reach the islands of the
northeast Caribbean as early as Friday evening.

U.S.
and British Virgin Islands:
Squalls may
reach the area by Saturday morning.

 

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interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI
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