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Hurricane Maria is back to major hurricane strength and is expected to remain a hurricane through Tuesday, causing some adverse conditions along the U.S. East Coast.
We will need to watch Maria for interests along the East Coast next week. Swell is also impacting some unusual and tropical places, but surfing is the last thing on the minds of those who have been devastated by Maria. It has a minimum central barometric pressure of 28.32 inches. The core of the hurricane will pass a little east of the Turks and Caicos and east of the Bahamas.
A tropical storm warning stemming from Jose, now considered a post-tropical cyclone as it gradually loses intensity, has been extended north into the Gulf of Maine.
Please monitor statements from the National Hurricane Center and local authorities for additional info regarding the protection of life and property. Maria has maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and is moving northwest at 7 miles per hour.
Forecasters say Maria is likely to strengthen some as it moves over warmer waters in the next couple days.
Solid swell from Maria is rising on the NE Bahamas buoy today. Check out the latest LOLA animation of wave heights associated with the storm as it moves past the Bahamas. The NHC forecasts it will be well out to sea and southeast of North Carolina early Wednesday, between the coast and Bermuda.
There are some indications of a change to a cooler pattern around the end of next week.
The forecast cone shows Maria then tracking alongside the East Coast, similar to Hurricane Jose.