What a start to the fall season: above normal and record temperatures across our region. This is not unheard of in the fall; it happens and when it does, we often have tropical systems to thank. That is the case right now and it's all about “upper level circulation” around those storms.
Maria and Lee seem to have fallen off the radar, but here’s the latest:
Thankfully, with the exception of higher than normal seas and offshore storm surge, there is no longer much impact on land rom either of these storms.
At noon, the center of Hurricane Maria is located 285 km SE Cape Hatteras North Carolina. I stress the “centre” because while Maria is a category 1 hurricane, she remains very large. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 165 km from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend 390 km from its centre.
Maria continues to move to the north at a slow 11 km/h and is expected to slow down further tonight as it starts to take a north to northeastward turn tomorrow. As Maria moves over cooler waters, weakening is expected and could be downgraded to a tropical storm by the end of the day tomorrow.
Then there’s Lee! Lee is a category 2 hurricane, but a much smaller storm. Lee is over the open Atlantic, about 1100 km E of Bermuda. Lee is moving a bti more quickly;
westward at about 17 km/h. Tomorrow, Lee is expected to turn a bit more northward and pick up speed.
The blocking pattern that is in place now will hold Maria down for a few days; then a cold front pushing off the coast by Friday should kick what's left of the storm south of Sable Island.
Of course things can still change, so it's always important to stay with CTV for updates!