More storms men­ace ar­eas al­ready bat­tered by weather

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - WORLD -

4 MEX­ICO CITY >> Hur­ri­cane sea­son roared on as Jose threat­ened heavy surf along the U.S. East Coast, Trop­i­cal Storm Norma was set to brush Mex­ico’s re­sort-stud­ded Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula, and Trop­i­cal Storm Maria formed in the At­lantic and was ex­pected to strengthen into a hur­ri­cane be­fore slam­ming some al­ready-bat­tered Caribbean is­lands.

A trop­i­cal storm warn­ing was in ef­fect for the south­ern Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula in Mex­ico due to Norma, which weak­ened into a trop­i­cal storm on Saturday, with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 65 mph, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter. Norma was 185 miles south of Cabo San Lu­cas and mov­ing north at 5 mph late Saturday night, 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 flooded streets and homes and killed at least four peo­ple.

In the At­lantic, Hur­ri­cane Jose was mov­ing slowly and far from land but gen­er­at­ing pow­er­ful swells that were af­fect­ing coastal ar­eas in Ber­muda, the Ba­hamas, Puerto Rico, His­pan­iola and the U.S. south­east.

The cen­ter added that trop­i­cal storm watches were pos­si­ble for the U.S. East Coast and ad­vised peo­ple from North Carolina to New Eng­land to mon­i­tor Jose’s progress.

The hur­ri­cane cen­ter said Trop­i­cal Storm Maria formed and is ex­pected to strengthen, prompt­ing hur­ri­cane watches for Guade­loupe, An­tigua, Bar­buda, St. Kitts, Ne­vis, Montser­rat, St. Maarten, An­guilla, Saba and St. Eus­tatius — some of which were dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Irma.

The hur­ri­cane cen­ter said Maria is about 545 miles east-south­east of the Lesser An­tilles. It had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 50 mph and was head­ing west at 16 mph. It was forecast to ap­proach the Lee­ward Is­lands on Mon­day. Mean­while, Trop­i­cal Storm Lee formed in the At­lantic and Trop­i­cal Storm Otis in the Pa­cific on Saturday. Nei­ther threat­ened land.

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