Maria continues its path toward the Bahamas

Source: National Hurricane Center

11 p.m. update: Hurricane Maria is still moving toward the northwest at about 8 miles per hour.

The Category 3 hurricane will gradually shift away from the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and then move near or just east of the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph.

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Update: 8 p.m.:  Maria maintains Cat 3 strength as it nears Dominican Republic

SOURCE: National Hurricane Center

Update: 8 p.m.:  The large eye of Hurricane Maria is moving toward the northwest and is expected to pass offshore of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic this evening.

The Category 3 hurricane is moving at about 9 miles per hour and is expected turn toward the north-northwest by early Friday.

Later tonight and on Friday, it is expected to pass near or just east of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from
the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160
miles.

SOURCE: Weather Underground

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Update 5 p.m.:   Hurricane Maria remains a Category 3 major hurricane this afternoon, but its winds intensified slightly to 120 mph.

The storm is about 95 miles east-southeast of Grand Turk Island, and is inching northwest at 9 mph.

A hurricane warning is in effect for parts of the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas.

The Central Bahamas is under a tropical storm watch.

Maria shows little sign of slowing down and is expected to remain a major hurricane for the next 36 hours, before dipping to a strong Category 2. The five-day forecast from the National Hurricane Center keeps Maria a hurricane through the end of the period.

A turn to the north-northeast is expected within 24 hours, which will send it on a path very close to the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from Maria’s center with tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 160 miles.

Tropical Storm Jose is mostly stationary off of New England, with Hurricane Maria north of the Dominican Republic.

8 a.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria remains a Cat 3 cyclone with 115 mph sustained winds, still moving northwest at 9 mph.

Maria’s eye will continue to pass offshore of the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic today and move near the Turks and Caicos Islands tonight.

Maria could get stronger within the next 24 hours, and make a turn north-northwest up the Bahamas by Friday.

5 a.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria has restrengthened to a Cat 3 storm with 115 mph sustained winds, moving northwest at 9 mph. 

Maria’s eye is passing just offshore the northeastern portion of the Dominican Republic and is forecast to move near the Turks and Caicos islands later today, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Forecasters say Maria could strengthen even more once it makes a turn toward the north-northwest, passing through the southeastern Bahamas tonight and Friday.

Florida remains safe from Maria’s projected path, with the cone staying far east from the state’s coast.

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