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Powerful Maria targets storm-weary Puerto Rico, Jose likely to meander over cooler water

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Your First Alert Weather Team continues to monitor Hurricanes Jose and Maria in the Atlantic Ocean.

JOSE: Hurricane Jose will likely graciously bypass the Cape Fear Region to the east Tuesday. Please stay alert for marine impacts, though, including rough seas, enhanced swell, heavy surf, minor high tidal flooding, and a risk for rip currents.

Mired in a stagnant steering pattern, Jose is ultimately likely to meander and swirl over the cool waters off the Mid-Atlantic or New England states for many days. We will, of course, keep an eye on it.

MARIA: On Monday, Maria became the fourth major (Cat. 3+) hurricane to develop in the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Maria made its first official landfall on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica Monday night and, as of early Tuesday morning, is operating as a wicked Cat. 5 hurricane.

Through Wednesday... dangerous Maria will, sadly, directly affect many of the same Caribbean Islands that Hurricanes Irma and Jose disrupted and / or devastated in recent weeks. Puerto Rico could even sustain a direct hit.

Most long-range computer models suggest Maria could exploit the same break in a mid-level high pressure ridge that Jose did... and thus pass east of the southeastern U.S. coast this weekend and early next week. But, it's still early. Please continue to monitor powerful Maria in case these trends change.

BEWARE OF MISINFORMATION: As you seek online information on these tropical systems, watch out for "hype sites" and provocative social media posts that only showcase the more dire computer forecast model solutions.

The National Hurricane Center forecast cone that we show on WECT products is the official and best resource for storm intensity and track information. Brush up on the cone and what it means for you HERE.

HAVE A MINDSET OF VIGILANCE AND PREPAREDNESS: September is the statistical peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season. Stay with your First Alert Weather Team here, on TV, and on your WECT First Alert Weather App for complete updates. Link to our comprehensive digital hurricane preparedness guide or on the WECT Weather App.

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