Norma nears Mex­ico as Jose threat­ens US

The Columbus Dispatch - - Not To Be Missed - 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, 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 in the east­ern At­lantic with sus­tained winds of 40 mph. The storm was about 720 miles west­south­west of the Cape Verde Is­lands and posed no im­me­di­ate threat to land.

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

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 south­east­ern U.S.

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