While the Caribbean and Florida are recovering from a brutal Hurricane Irma, another big storm is brewing in the Atlantic. Hurricane Maria is currently a Category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds as high as 120 mph. The latest NHC advisory said: “Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts.”
Latest Update: Puerto Rico has an official death toll of 62 as a direct result of Hurricane Maria. According to a report from The New York Times, as many as 1,052 may have died from the hurricane.
The growing presence of Maria has caused hurricane warnings Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Martinique. Meanwhile, hurricane warnings are in effect in Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Saba, St Eustatius, St Maarten, St Martin, St Barthelemy and Anguilla.
Maria is expected to pick up steam, possibly graduating to a Category 4 hurricane. She is traveling over warm waters of 85 to 90 degrees, which previously gave more speed to Hurricane Irma, keeping it a Category 5 storm for several days.
According to some spaghetti maps released by meteorologists, such as America’s Global Forecast System, has Maria heading for Florida…
Hurricane Maria Spaghetti Models: Must-See Paths Updated
Here’s a look the spaghetti map from America’s Global Forecast System. As you can see, Maria may find it’s way to Florida, much like Irma…
America’s Global Forecast System
The National Hurricane Center is currently saying that it’s too soon to determine where exactly Maria will travel. However, they aren’t ruling out the possibilities that Maria may strike the Sunshine State. According to earlier models, Maria was predicted to stay away from Florida and move out into the Atlantic. But since the storm shifted slightly to the west, spaghetti models changed and predicted Maria to hit land, including the Caribbean islands and parts of Florida. This storm may prove devastating to the Florida Keys akin to Hurricane Irma destruction.
Here’s another GFS model, which predicts Maria’s trajectory. As you can see, the hurricane may affect both the north and southeast of the United States.
As of September 18, Hurricane Maria is still churning in the Caribbean. The storm now appears to be heading in the direction of the U.S. But it may turn north and miss the Sunshine State…
— Kristin Giannas (@KristinGiannas) September 18, 2017
Here’s an earlier spaghetti model, predicting that Maria may become a major hurricane over Puerto Rico…
— Adam Cota (@_AdamCota) September 16, 2017
Cyclocane has incredible updated spaghetti models on Hurricane Maria. Check out the Cyclocane Tropical Storm Maria spaghetti model page here and here. But look below to see yet another spaghetti map of Maria…
South Florida Waste Management District
Just one more spaghetti map to go. Here’s one South Florida Waste Management District.