The NHC also issued a tropical storm watch for portions of the USA mid-Atlantic and New England coast by Tuesday as a second hurricane, Jose, moved slowly north from its current position in the Atlantic Ocean about 535km south-east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
"Maria is likely to affect the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid week as a risky major hurricane", the NHC said. Its moderate to large swells are forecast to continue to affect the eastern Florida coast through mid week, the Weather Service said, causing rip currents and poor offshore boating conditions.
The National Weather Service issued tropical storm watches for the shoreline of CT in New London, Middlesex, New Haven and Fairfield counties. It was located about 620 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was heading west at 20 mph.More news: 5 steps you should take to protect yourself
Yesterday morning, Jose strengthened slightly, but forecasters say it will likely weaken in the coming days as it faces stronger wind shear, and then moves over colder water. It was moving north at 9 miles per hour with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.
This is why a tropical storm watch was issued from DE to Sandy Hook, N.J., and from East Rockaway Inlet, N.Y., to Plymouth, Mass.
That storm, one of the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic with winds up to 298kph, killed at least 84 people, more than half of them in the Caribbean.
Maria is forecast to sweep across the islands before a possible midweek landfall as a major, Category 3 or higher hurricane in Puerto Rico.More news: United States military forces hold joint military exercises with South Korea, Japan
There are no expectations at this time Lee will pose a great danger to the U.S. Lee is moving west at 8 miles per hour as a weak, 35-mph tropical depression.
The ocean is washing over parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Jose passes well to the east.
"Following the extensive damage caused by hurricane Irma, there is a high risk of further severe damage; coastal flooding is also highly likely; if you are in the British Virgin Islands, you should identify shelter immediately and be ready to take cover when the hurricane approaches".
Hurricane Irma broke weather records when it sustained winds of 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours.More news: Rising River Could Close I-75 in Florida, Complicate Evacuees' Return Home
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