MARIA – New Tropical storm for the WATCHLIST

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    TD15 will eventually become HURRICANE MARIA according to NOAA long range prediction center … definitely on the WATCHLIST … esp. based on path projected & further strengthening


    This is an active season – needs to slow down!!


    Maria has strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane with winds at 120 mph.

    A hurricane warning is in effect for:

    St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
    St. Lucia
    U.S. Virgin Islands
    British Virgin Islands

    The latest forecast from the NHC said “Additional rapid strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to be a dangerous major hurricane as it moves through the Leeward Islands and the northeastern Caribbean Sea.”

    The forecast track takes it more northward as it approaches the United States but there is a wide cone of uncertainty.


    NHC 2-Day Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook


    [size=5]CAT 4 – 130mph … 950mb as MARIA strenghtens

    Danger Danger Will Robinson as Caribbean islands must batten down the hatches one more time (where there are still hatches to batten down)[/size]


    CAT 5 @ 160mph & 929mb — last night when it hit Dominica island — going from CAT1 to CAT5 in just one day. CAT 5 = 157mph+ and Puerto Rico expected to take direct hit … prayers of safety sent for all in the pathway of this dangerous storm


    The quick shift in strength is frightening in many respects, is this a rare occurrence or been a feature of hurricanes in the Atlantic?


    [size=5]^^^ +1 … YES — This quick formation in ONE DAY — from CAT 1 to CAT 5 is not seen as much on Atlantic side compared to Pacific side …. and even Two CAT 5s in same year is RARE (actually Jose almost joined the group — as it was at 150mph & even 155mph at max) … 2007 was last year that 2 CATs occurred in same year

    QUOTE: The last time there were two or more Category 5 hurricanes in the same season was in 2007 when Dean and Felix occurred. Prior to this year, 2007 was also the last time two hurricanes made landfall as a Category 5.[/size]


    Enjoying this thread – very informative thank you


    MARIA went from a Cat 1 to Cat 5 in 12 hours

    Just one Category 5 hurricane has hit Puerto Rico in recorded history (1928)
    Only four recorded Category 4 or stronger hurricanes have made landfall on Puerto Rico


    CAT5 – 165mph … 919mb (most important measure) … 2017 is the year of the HURRICANE (as even the remnants of both storms blew thru SW VA) … PRAY for safety for those who are in PUERTO RICO — that’s all we can do verses mother nature


    CAT 5+ 175mph 909mb


    [quote=”CautiousInvestor” post=1593]CAT 5+ 175mph 909mb

    Prays for Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico


    [size=5]CAT 4+ 155mph 917mb
    (as overnight cooling from sun & interactions with Puerto Rico’s mountainous terrain may have helped a little) …[/size]

    Helmholtz Watson

    Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico Wednesday morning with winds of up to 155 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

    Maria expected to cause flash flooding and storm surges of 6 to 9 feet. About 10,000 residents, most from low-lying areas have found refuge in shelters. Many of those who stayed at their homes stocked up on critical supplies including food, water and fuel.

    Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló told Anderson Cooper “We understand infrastructure is going to be devastated … lives are not replaceable but infrastructure is,”

    A CNN meteorologist said that Maria could be the strongest hurricane to hit the island since the 1930s. “Hurricane Maria is really scraping the upper echelon of what’s possible with hurricanes, (with) 175 mph sustained winds right around the center of the storm,” Derek Van Dam said.

    – CNN

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