Hur­ri­cane Jose stay­ing off US East Coast as Storm Maria forms

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(Reuters) - Hur­ri­cane Jose is ex­pected to pass east of the North Carolina coast on Mon­day and re­main off the US East Coast from Vir­ginia to New Eng­land, while Trop­i­cal Storm Maria formed and is fore­cast to be­come a hur­ri­cane early next week, the US Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said on Satur­day.

Maria could threaten sev­eral Caribbean is­lands, some of which were dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Irma less than two weeks ago. It is ex­pected to ap­proach the Lee­ward Is­lands on Mon­day and be­come a hur­ri­cane around that time, the NHC said.

A hur­ri­cane watch is in ef­fect for An­tigua, Bar­buda, St Kitts, Ne­vis and Montser­rat and France has also is­sued a hur­ri­cane watch for the is­land of Guade­loupe. A hur­ri­cane watch is typ­i­cally is­sued 48 hours be­fore the first oc­cur­rence of storm-force winds, NHC said.

Mean­while, the NHC said the coast­line from North Carolina to New Eng­land should mon­i­tor Hur­ri­cane Jose’s progress and fore­cast that trop­i­cal storm watches may be needed for por­tions of that stretch dur­ing the next day or two.

“How­ever, an in­crease in the size of the storm or a west­ward ad­just­ment in the track fore­cast could bring trop­i­cal storm con­di­tions closer to the Outer Banks” of North Carolina, the fore­cast said.

As a large cy­clone, Jose could also af­fect the Vir­ginia-to-New Eng­land area, es­pe­cially if it de­vi­ates from its fore­cast track, the NHC said.

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