Tropical Storm Maria (14L) Expected to Weaken Today – September 10th, 201117.9N 64.4W
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.