wnol.info January 19 2018

Lee, Maria, both tropical storms, moving far into Atlantic

January 19 2018, 01:44 | Irvin Gilbert

Warm until late week, Hurricane Maria stays offshore

Near record warmth today as a summery start to fall continues

Storm surge flooding is a strong possibility, especially along the Outer Banks as Maria's slow movement will result in several hours of onshore flow.

Hurricane Maria was moving away from the Bahamas on Friday night on a path that should keep it away from land.

Forecasters with the Weather Underground said a strong upper-level flow will push both Maria and Lee across the North Atlantic this weekend, with the remnants of both hurricanes possibly affecting the British Isles and northern Europe from Sunday into Tuesday.

Both systems are said to be weakening, but the Met Office have warned there is potential for them to impact the weather in the United Kingdom, although the extent of this influence is now uncertain.

Maria weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday as it continued to move away from the U.S.

Homes lay scattered after the passing of Hurricane Maria in Roseau, the capital of the island of Dominica.

'They will become subsumed into mid-latitude depressions and move across the UK.

"However, it is important to say that any weather impacts will be far from those experienced in the Caribbean".

"Ex-Maria will still contain tropical air brought north and it is this air which has the potential to affect our weather".

That makes Lee a top-end Category 2 hurricane.

He added: "These systems regularly head towards the United Kingdom, especially in autumn".

However, they are not expected to bring severe conditions with them.

Maria is now forecast to bend away from the USA over the next day or two and begin its journey across the Atlantic towards the UK.

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