Tropical Storms Maria, Lee and Hurricane Jose churning in the Atlantic
Posted 1:02 p.m. Saturday
Updated 7:02 p.m. Saturday
Raleigh, N.C. — As Hurricane Jose continues its northward track with sustained winds around 80 mph, two other tropical systems are developing out in the Atlantic Ocean.
The National Hurricane Center listed Tropical Storm Maria and Tropical Storm Lee as the next two storms. The forecast track of Maria takes it directly over Puerto Rico as a hurricane by Wednesday and into Thursday; Lee is forecast to meander slowly west but remain a tropical depression through Thursday.
Maria, which was upgraded from a potential tropical cyclone Saturday afternoon, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and impact portions of the Leeward Islands.
"Unfortunately, it's going to impact some of those same islands that were devastated by Hurricane Irma," said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.
Jose was moving northwest at about 9 mph on Saturday afternoon. Forecasters expected the hurricane to turn gradually to the northeast over the next couple days, keeping it offshore.
Although Jose is not expected to make landfall in North Carolina, Wilmoth said the Outer Banks could see some gusty winds and dangerous waters.
"It's still going to kick up our surf and bring some pretty strong rip currents," she said.