NHC: 'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Maria steams to Puerto Rico

Meteorologist Alexandra Cranford has an update on hurricanes Maria and Jose at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

NEW ORLEANS, LA. - Hurricane Maria is an "extremely dangerous" category 5 storm after making landfall late Monday night on the Caribbean island of Dominica. After weakening slightly to a Category 4 storm, Maria regained Category 5 status early Tuesday morning.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Maria had maximum sustained winds of 160 mph. Maria is moving west-northwest at 10 mph with a minimum central pressure of 927 mb. It is expected to continue that movement through Wednesday.

"Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane while it approaches the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico," the NHC said.

Computer models show that it will curve and at this time stay off the eastern U.S., but interests along the east coast should continue to watch Maria's track. Maria is not a threat to the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Jose is close to the mid Atlantic & moving close to the NE coast. It is a mater of how close it gets on how much of an impact with winds and rain the NE may feel Tuesday as it nears New England. 

Lee is no longer an organized system and no more advisories will be issued.

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