Forecasters saidMaria would likely hit a string of islands on Monday night, including St. Barts, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Antigua and Barbuda. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 15 miles from Maria's center, with tropical-storm-force winds 105 miles out. "Maria is likely to affect the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid week as a unsafe major hurricane", the NHC said.
Potentially risky swells associated with Jose are already affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas and much of the east coast of the U.S.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
It is forecast to weaken after it hits Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon and the Dominican Republic on Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose has gained some strength but remains a Category 1 hurricane with no effective watches or warnings associated with it.
In a hurricane season that just will not quit, forecasters are keeping their eyes on three storms, including one threatening the Caribbean islands clobbered by Hurricane Irma just a little over a week ago.
Hurricane Maria is also a category 1 storm with sustained winds near 75 miles per hour.
The storm is moving toward the Caribbean at 16 miles per hour.
The storm passed by the east coast of Florida on Friday at a speed of 10 miles per hour, with relatively low sustained wind speeds of 75 miles per hour.
It is still too early to determine if Maria could impact the mainland U.S., but we'll be keeping a close eye on the storm as it moves closer to the Caribbean. It is forecast to strengthen somewhat quickly and may become a major Category 3 hurricane by Tuesday when it moves near the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico.