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Tropical Storm Maria heads towards the Caribbean

Tropical Storm Maria heads towards the Caribbean
From Al Jazeera - September 17, 2017

Hurricane Irma has come and gone. Meanwhile Jose is still lurking in the western Atlantic, bringing heavy seas to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

As if that was not enough, we now have a new tropical system heading towards the same area that was flattened by Irma.

Tropical Storm Maria has developed in the Atlantic Ocean and is currently located around 800 kilometres east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. The storm currently has sustained winds of around 85 kilometres per hour but it is expected to reach hurricane strength by 00:00GMT on Monday.

A tropical storm watch is in effect across the Windward Islands from Barbados and the Grenadines northwards. Of even greater concern is the fact that a hurricane watch has had to be issued across the islands to the northeast of Caribbean.

Current projections suggest that Maria could pass very close to Dominica around 00:00GMT on Tuesday. The Leeward Islands further north are all at risk and that does of course include what is left of Barbuda, along with Anguilla, Antigua, through St Kitts and Nevis, all the way south to Monserrat.

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