East Coast mon­i­tors Jose; 3 other storms on the move

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS - By Peter Orsi

MEX­ICO CITY — Hur­ri­cane sea­son roared on Satur­day as Jose threat­ened heavy surf along the U.S. East Coast, Trop­i­cal Storm Norma edged to­ward Mex­ico’s re­sort-stud­ded Baja Cal­i­for­nia penin­sula, and Trop­i­cal Storm Maria formed in the At­lantic and was ex­pected to strengthen into a hur­ri­cane, tak­ing aim at some al­ready-bat­tered Caribbean is­lands.

Mean­while, Trop­i­cal Storm Lee formed far­ther east in the At­lantic.

Hur­ri­cane Jose was far from land but gen­er­at­ing pow­er­ful swells that the cen­ter said were af­fect­ing Ber­muda, the Ba­hamas, Puerto Rico, His­pan­iola and the U.S. South­east.

The Mi­ami-based Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter added that trop­i­cal storm watches were pos­si­ble for the East Coast later in the day and ad­vised peo­ple from North Carolina to New Eng­land to mon­i­tor Jose. The hur­ri­cane had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 80 mph. It was about 485 miles south-south­east of Cape Hat­teras, N.C., and head­ing north at 6 mph.

Also Satur­day, Trop­i­cal Storm Lee formed in the east­ern At­lantic with sus­tained winds of 40 mph. It was about 720 miles west­south­west of the Cape Verde Is­lands and posed no im­me­di­ate threat to land.

To the west, Trop­i­cal Storm Maria formed and is ex­pected to strengthen, prompt­ing hur­ri­cane watches for An­tigua and Bar­buda; St. Kitts and Ne­vis; and Montser­rat — some of which were dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Irma.

The hur­ri­cane cen­ter said Maria is about 620 miles east-south­east of the Lesser An­tilles. It had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 50 mph and was head­ing west at 20 mph. It should ap­proach the Lee­ward Is­lands on Tues­day.

The death toll from Irma in the Caribbean was 38.

A trop­i­cal storm warn­ing was also in ef­fect for the south­ern tip of the Baja Cal­i­for­nia penin­sula due to Norma, which the cen­ter re­ported Satur­day had weak­ened into a trop­i­cal storm with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 65 mph.

Norma was 220 miles south of Cabo San Lu­cas and mov­ing north at 2 mph, with fore­cast­ers say­ing it could ap­proach waters south­west of the penin­sula late Sun­day or early Mon­day.

The penin­su­lar re­gion that’s home to the twin re­sort cities of Cabo San Lu­cas and San Jose del Cabo was hit about two weeks ago by Trop­i­cal Storm Lidia, which killed at least four peo­ple.

The Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur gov­ern­ment read­ied storm shel­ters and can­celed classes for Mon­day as well as a planned mil­i­tary pa­rade in the state cap­i­tal, La Paz, amid Mex­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions.

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