Tropical Storm Maria regains strength, heads toward Lesser Antilles

Tropical Storm Maria regains strength, heads toward Lesser Antilles

Saint George : Bermuda | Sep 09, 2011 at 12:57 PM PDT
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HURRICANE KATIA Advisory 34 - 11am 9/6 - WATCHES Issued for Bermuda

Tropical Storm Maria is regaining its strength as it is heading towards the Lesser Antilles in the Atlantic. On the other hand, Tropical Storm Nate moved through the Gulf, off Mexico's coast, and left 10 workers in an oilrig missing. The search for the missing workers is continued.

A tropical storm warning was issued for Nate on Mexico's coast from Chilitepec and Celestun. The winds were reported at 65 mph. There are high chances that this storm will turn into a hurricane.

According to the U.S National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Maria continued to strengthen on Friday. At 11 am, the maximum sustained winds were reported to be 45 mph.

Tropical Storm Maria is moving at 17 mph towards west-northwest. Hurricane experts are predicting it to move through the Leeward Islands over Friday night.

According to forecasters, by early next week Tropical Strom Maria is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and will be headed towards the east of the Bahamas.

Tropical Storm Maria is reported to be centered about 435 miles (705 kilometers) east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and moving west-northwest near 18 mph (30 kph).

A tropical storm warning was issued for the islands of Antigua, Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, St. Maartin, Saba and St. Eustatius.

Apart from these islands, a tropical storm watch was also in effect for St. Barthelemy, St. Marteen, Martinique, Dominica, and Puerto Rico including Vieques and Culebra.

According to hurricane experts and forecasters, Tropical Storm Maria's center would be moving towards the Leeward Islands and will be reaching there early Saturday. It will be near the Virgin Islands by Saturday night.

According to the hurricane center, other hurricanes are also moving on their paths in the Atlantic such as Hurricane Katia, which was moving northeast over the stretch of waters as it passed between the U.S. and Bermuda.

On Wednesday, Tropical Storm Maria formed in the Atlantic as Hurricane Katia resulted in immense surf along the beaches of Bermuda and the eastern United States.

Tropical Storm Maria was initially not predicted to be a threat to land and was forecasted to only threaten Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands. However, with the possibility of it converting to a hurricane, forecasters may have to rethink of its potential danger.

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NOAA satellite image shows Tropical Storm Colin, about 945 miles east of the Lesser Antilles
NOAA satellite image shows Tropical Storm Colin, about 945 miles east of the Lesser Antilles
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