Tropical storm Lee is sitting several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands with sustained winds at 40 mph. Tropical storm watches could be issued for parts of the U.S. coast, from North Carolina to New England, over the next day or two, according to the advisory, the 45th so far on the long-lived weather system.
We're just past the peak of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and the tropics certainly reflect that this is the busiest part of the year for Atlantic storms.
Hurricane Jose: Jose is still off the east coast, now moving to the north. Jose will likely pass close to the northeastern coast, but stay offshore. However, hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been set in multiple islands for Tropical Storm Maria, which may turn into a hurricane later this Sunday.
Maria is now expected to bring tropical storm conditions to parts of the Leeward Islands on Monday, with hurricane conditions possible by Monday night or Tuesday.
Jose had winds of 80 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane.
The government of Antigua has issued a Hurricane Watch for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat. Though it is not projected to make a United States landfall, parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island and MA could see the outer edges of the storm, based on its current track.
Along with Jose, tropical storm action in the Atlantic remains extremely active.
Forecasters cautioned those along the East Coast from North Carolina all the way northward to New England to keep a close watch on Jose. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky.
One of those systems, dubbed Tropical Depression Fourteen, is forecast to develop into a tropical storm. As the Capital Weather Gang's Greg Porter explains, Tropical Storm Maria seems to be intensifying, and may follow a track similar to Irma, fed by the same weather conditions that made Irma so powerful.
As of 3am NZ Time on Sunday, Jose was moving northwest at 14kmh with maximum sustained winds of 129kmh.
NHCThe projected track of Hurricane Jose as released by the NHC. Lee, however is only expected to decrease in strength and downgrade to a tropical depression by Wednesday without affecting land says the National Hurricane Center.