FMIT Alert Level 2: Hurricane Maria a Category 3 Hurricane With Maximum Sustained Winds of 125MPH as it Approaches The Leeward Islands. Current Model Projections Predict Maria Passing to the East of Florida, However the Exact Path is Too Early to Predict. 9-18-17
FMIT Alert Level 2
Less than a week from Irma landfall, TS Maria formed a couple days ago and is now a Category 3 Hurricane.
Current models are beginning to show a lesser possibility of Maria impacting the Eastern Coast of Florida, with the center of the projected path recurving into the Atlantic prior to any landfall in Florida. At this point in time it is too soon to be certain on Maria’s exact path.
Maria has maximum sustained winds of 125mph.
Maria will move close to the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico by the middle of this week, and then near or north of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos and Bahamas late this week into this weekend.
Conditions remain very favorable for growth and Maria is expected to intensify further into a Category 4 Hurricane by the time it reaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tomorrow into Wednesday.
FMIT Member Preparedness Actions:
Members should continue to monitor Hurricane Maria as well as FMIT Alerts and local/national weather forecasts.