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Tropical Storm Maria Update

September 9, 2011 by USA Post 

Tropical Storm Maria UpdateTropical Storm Maria Update, Tropical Storm Marie heading toward the Lesser Antilles on Friday in the Atlantic, while Tropical Storm Nate moves very little in the Bay of Campeche off the coast of Mexico.

Meanwhile, precipitation of what was Tropical Storm Lee continued flooding a large portion of Pennsylvania and other northeastern states, killing at least seven deaths.

Maximum sustained winds of Mary Friday morning were near 40 mph (65 kph), with a possible slight strengthening, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm was centered about 435 miles (705 kilometers) east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and moving west-northwest near 18 mph (30 kph).

A tropical storm warning was in effect for a large number of islands: Antigua, Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts, British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for St. Barthelemy, St. Maarten, Martinique, Dominica and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra.

In its current forecast track, the center of Mary come to the Leeward Islands on Saturday and stay close to the Virgin Islands on Saturday night, the NHC said.

To the west, Tropical Storm Nate prompted a tropical storm warning along the coast of Mexico from Chilitepec to Celestun. A tropical storm warning was in effect from Celestun El Progreso.

Maximum sustained winds were about 65 Nate mph (100 kph) and the hurricane center said the storm is expected to become a hurricane later in the day or Saturday. Nate was centered about 115 miles (190 kilometers) west of Campeche, Mexico, and was nearly stationary Friday morning.

Also in the Atlantic, the hurricane was moving northeast Katia open water after passing between the U.S. and Bermuda. Despite not making landfall, the hurricane center said large swells generated by the Category 1 storm will continue to affect the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda.

Katia was centered about 395 miles (640 kilometers) north-northwest of Bermuda and moving northeast near 24 mph (39 kph).

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