Tropical Storm Maria could follow Hurricane Irma's path

Tropical Storm Maria could follow Hurricane Irma's path/ Photo: National Hurricane Center

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Tropical Storm Maria has formed about 620 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at 20 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center expects Maria to strengthen and affect the Leeward Islands as a hurricane.

The government of Antigua issued a Hurricane Watch for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, according to the NHC advisory.

"Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Monday night or Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible on Monday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the tropical storm watch area on Monday," NHC said.

A Tropical Storm Watch was issued for St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Storm projection models by the National Hurricane Center and the Weather Channel show Maria following a similar path to Hurricane Irma.

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