Double whammy: Hurricane Jose to pound the East Coast this week while Maria takes aim at the Caribbean islands leveled by Irma

Monday, September 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

Maria strengthened into a category 1 hurricane on Sunday
It’s expected to hit the Leeward Islands, many of which were devastated by Hurricane Irma, Monday night
Forecasters say it will strengthen to a category 3 or stronger as soon as it makes its first landfall
It’s still too soon to know whether Maria poses any threat to the U.S.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose continues to spin off the east coast of the U.S.
Forecasters say there’s still a chance it could make landfall in the U.S. – either in eastern Long Island or southeastern New England on Wednesday or Thursday
But even if it doesn’t hit the U.S., it will still bring heavy winds and rains to the I-95 corridor this week

18 September 2017

A strengthening Hurricane Maria churned toward the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean on Monday as Hurricane Jose was set to bring misery to the East Coast.

While Jose spun out into the Atlantic, forecasters say there’s still a possibility it could make landfall this week. If it does, it will likely hit the eastern end of Long Island or souteastern New England on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Even if it doesn’t, it will still bring heavy winds and rain to the I-95 corridor this week, marking a wet start to fall.

‘A hurricane does not need to make landfall to cause significant adverse effects in the Northeast, since the shape of the coast tends to enhance storm effects and trap ocean water,’ AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Meanwhile, the Caribbean islands leveled by Hurricane Irma are preparing for Maria, which is expected to his the Leeward Islands starting Monday night.

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