At 2:00 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 13.6 degrees North, longitude 56.9 degrees West or about 405 miles South-East of the Leeward Islands.
Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour (mph) and this motion with a decrease in forward speed, is expected through Tuesday.
On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands Monday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to become a hurricane later today or tonight.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center. Forecasters predict that storm force winds are likely across the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 millibars.
Based upon the latest observation and analysis, Tropical Storm Maria could pass close to the BVI Tuesday/Wednesday as a major hurricane.
Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches across the British Virgin Islands through Wednesday night. These rainfall amounts could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Gusty winds could blow debris from Hurricane Irma around, creating dangerous conditions.
All residents of the BVI are urged to monitor the movement of Maria closely and take action to protect life and property
Please continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website (bviddm.com) and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular updates.
Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.