News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP - September 18, 2017 - As of 8:00 AM
Posted: 9/18/2017 8:34:41 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

September 18, 2017

As of 8:00 AM

 

State EOC Activation Level: Level IV

 

Tropical Weather Outlook: The National Hurricane Center is currently tracking 3 systems in the Atlantic Ocean area. Details for these systems can be found below. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates. The GOHSEP Operations Section will continue to closely monitor these systems and report as needed.

 

    ***NOTE: The forecast models are showing that these systems are NOT a threat to Louisiana***

       

Hurricane Jose: The center of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 33.5 North, longitude 71.2 West. Jose is moving toward the north near 9 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north-northeast is expected on Tuesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Jose is forecast to pass well offshore of the outer banks of North Carolina today, pass well east of the Delmarva Peninsula tonight and Tuesday, and pass well to the east of the New Jersey coast on Wednesday.

 

Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph with higher gusts. Some gradual weakening is expected during the next couple of days, however, Jose is forecast to remain a hurricane through Tuesday.

 

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.

  

Hurricane Maria: The center of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 59.7 West. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph, and this motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Tuesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands late today and tonight, and then over the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea Tuesday and Tuesday night.

 

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph with higher gusts.  Maria is currently a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional rapid strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane before it moves through the Leeward Islands.

 

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

 

Tropical Depression Lee: The center of Tropical Depression Lee was located near latitude 14.1 North, longitude 39.8 West. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next couple of days.

 

Maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph with higher gusts. Weakening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Lee is forecast to degenerate into a remnant low by tonight.

 For more information on the Tropical Weather Outlook, visit:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

GOHSEP Operations is monitoring the situation and will continue to update and report as needed.

 

 

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