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Tropical Storm Maria (14L) Expected to Increase in Forward Speed – September 12th, 2011

18.5N 67.9W

September 12th, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Maria (14L) - September 11th, 2011

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Track of Tropical Storm Maria (14L) - September 12th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 14L

At 11:00 AM AST (1500 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Maria (14L) was located near latitude 20.7 north, longitude 67.3 west.

Maria is moving toward the west near 2 mph (4 km/h). A faster motion toward the west-northwest is expected later today, followed by a turn toward the northwest and a further increase in forward speed by early Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles (325 km) mainly to the north and east of the center. A sustained wind of 40 mph (65 km/h) and a peak gust of 49 mph (79 km/h) were recently reported. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).

Hazards affecting land include rainfall and wind. Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches over the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and portions of the northern Leeward Islands through Tuesday. Wind gusts to tropical storm force are possible, especially over higher terrain in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the extreme northern Leeward islands today.

Tropical Storm Maria (14L) Expected to Weaken Today – September 10th, 2011

17.9N 64.4W

September 10th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Maria (14L) - September 9th, 2011

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Track of Tropical Storm Maria (14L) - September 10th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 14L

The circulation of Tropical Storm Maria (14L) is becoming poorly defined. At 11:00 AM AST (1500 UTC) the center of the tropical storm was located near latitude 17.3 north, longitude 61.5 west.

Maria is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue during the next day or two.

Weakening is forecast and Maria could become a tropical depression or degenerate to a tropical wave later today.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts, in a few squalls well to the northeast of the center. Tropical storm force winds are occurring outward up to 200 miles (325 km) over water to the northeast of the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).

Hazards affecting land include rainfall: Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches over the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Tropical Storm Maria (14L) Intensifies Over Atlantic Ocean

17.3N 47.5W

September 7th, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Maria (14L) - September 6th, 2011

Track of Tropical Storm Maria (14L) - September 7th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 14L

The tropical depression in the Atlantic has intensified and is now Tropical Storm Maria (14L), the 13th named storm of the 2011 hurricane season.

At 11:00am AST (1500 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 13.0 north, longitude 42.0 west. Maria is moving toward the west near 23 mph (37 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue during the next two days.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) mainly to the north of the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb (29.62 inches).