Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Hurricane Maria could cause unsafe currents along United States coast

Hurricane Maria could cause unsafe currents along United States coast

This storm has winds of 45 miles per hour and is moving north northwest at 3 miles per hour.

Hurricane Maria may not directly impact Florida, but the indirect influence of this storm will play a large role in our weather this weekend and next week.

Although it's not now predicted to make landfall along the coast, Maria is the third hurricane to affect the United States in the last month.

THE Atlantic hurricane season is so bad weathermen could run out of storm names - with this year threatening to be the second-worst tropical storm season since records began 166 years ago.

"It is likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast by midweek", the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Sunday. The center said it expected the storm to weaken further by Monday night or Tuesday but would remain a storm packing a powerful punch. Authorities say northern areas of Haiti were pounded by heavy rain from Hurricane Maria.

At 5 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC) on September 22 in the National Hurricane Center's final advisory, the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Jose was located near 39.3 degrees north latitude and 69.1 degrees west longitude.

NHC also issued a Storm Surge Watch for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout northward to Duck.

The hurricane claimed the lives of 30 people in the Caribbean, including at least 15 people in the small island Dominica.

"Maria is forecast to stay offshore and be due east of our area by 8 p.m. Sunday, about 500-plus miles away", Treanor said.

Swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda and much of the USA east coast and will likely cause unsafe surf and rip current conditions during the next couple of days.

Earlier in the week, Maria became the strongest landfalling hurricane in Puerto Rico since 1928.

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