Tropical Update: Tropical Storms Lee and Maria continue westward movement

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Sunday morning, Lee was still churning in the deep Atlantic with sustained winds of 40 mph. The track remained unchanged from Saturday night.

The forecast from the National Hurricane Center continues to point towards gradual weakening over the next few days. It is expected to drop back down to a tropical depression by Tuesday. No land masses are in the forecast cone and the system looks to fall apart after Thursday.

Maria's projected intensification has lead the NHC to issue a hurricane watch for the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The Windward Islands are currently under a tropical storm watch.

As of Sunday morning, wind speeds have increased to 65 mph. The intensity forecast shows an upward trend, with Maria reaching hurricane strength later today and major hurricane strength by Wednesday.

It will continue on a west-northwesterly track over the next five days. By Friday, it is scheduled to be along the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is still way too soon to project any sort of landfall or potential impacts for the U.S.


Tropical depressions 14 and 15 have intensified, reaching tropical storm designation. T.D. 14 is now known as Tropical Storm Lee while T.D. 15 is known as Tropical Storm Maria.

It's current movement is to the west at 12 mph with 40 mph sustained winds. It will continue on a west-northwesterly track for the next four days, maintaining tropical storm strength through Tuesday morning.

Lee poses no immediate risk to the U.S. and is still hundreds of miles from the eastern most islands in the Caribbean. It is expected to drop back down to depression strength before it reaches the Caribbean.

Tropical Depression 15 has quickly intensified, spending less than 12 hours as a tropical depression. Unlike Lee, Maria will continue to strengthen, reaching hurricane status by Tuesday. It will continue to move west-northwesterly towards the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean

While Maria is still a long ways out, she does pose a threat to islands in the northern Caribbean. The U.S. will not feel any sort of threat from Maria over at least the next five days.