A brush with Jose, then all eyes on Maria

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Sunday morning, Jose strengthened slightly, but forecasters say it will likely weaken in the coming days as it faces stronger wind shear, and then moves over colder water. Hurricane warnings and watches are out for some of the islands that that saw devastating damage from Irma, including Guadeloupe, the USA and British Virgin Islands, and St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

Hurricane Jose is a category 1 storm with sustained winds near 80 miles per hour.

Maria joins Hurricane Jose, which is expected to continue moving north and then northeast away from the USA and Tropical Depression Lee, which is forecast to lose some steam over the next five days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts. The hurricane, which is expected to remain a category 1 and weaken as it heads north, will still bring winds, heavy rains and coastal flooding to coastal regions.

Various computer forecasts have Maria taking a more northerly path than Irma once it passes north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with most taking it into the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm - which Combs said could grow to a Category 3 hurricane - is expected to be near Puerto Rico by Wednesday night.

"While Maria's trajectory may appear similar to Irma's, realize that Maria is a different storm and will carve out a unique track independent of Irma's track", said Waldenberger.

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Two disturbances, brewing in the Atlantic basin for the past few days have developed into Tropical Storms.

Meanwhile farther north in the Atlantic of the eastern coast of the U.S., Hurricane Jose continues its march forward.

Hurricane Maria, which formed Saturday, was upgraded to a hurricane with the NHC's 5 p.m. advisory.

Maria is now moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour and will roar through the Leeward Islands this afternoon bringing catastrophic damage to those islands near the center of the storm.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe and Dominica. There also various tropical storm watches.

Stay with NOLA.com for the latest on Tropical Storm Maria.

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