Monday, September 18, 2017
Hurricane Maria suddenly menaces much of Caribbean, maybe some of Eastern US
Again, another hurricane, this one Maria (like in West Side Story) has exploded. This one started farther south than Irma but will cross further north, but may very well make a direct hit on Puerto Rico, especially east of San Juan.
The European Model so far keeps the hurricane off the east coast of the US, but some American model runs allow a dangerous landfall, probably in the Carolinas. One run actually runs up much of the Chesapeake Bay.
This storm is supposed to weaken to a Cat 3 by the time it reaches Florida’s latitude.
A critical issue is whether High Pressure in the north Atlantic might drift back westward and force the hurricane onshore.