Tropical Storm Maria (14L) Expected to Increase in Forward Speed – September 12th, 201118.5N 67.9W
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.