At 11:00 A.M., the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 13.5 degrees North, longitude 56.2 degrees West.
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.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 millibars.
Based upon the latest observation and analysis, tropical storm Maria could pass close to the BVI on Tuesday as a major hurricane. For this reason, a hurricane watch may be required for the BVI later today (Sunday, September 17).
Maria will likely be a major hurricane threat for the southern Leeward Islands through the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Gusty winds could blow debris from Irma around, creating dangerous conditions. Flooding from heavy rains is also possible. Travel delays are likely.
Maria is also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches in the northern Leeward Islands and north-central Windward Islands. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
All residents of the BVIare 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.