Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma last week may get another hurricane by Monday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Saturday.
Tropical Storm Maria was located about 545 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles in the NHC's 11 p.m. update. The system was moving west at nearly 16 mph with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph.
Forecasters expect Maria to become a Category 1 hurricane in the next few days, with its center forecast to be near the Leeward Islands Monday or Monday night. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Anguilla.
Maria's current track moves it across the Leeward Islands in three days, and then near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico — which are also recovering from Hurricane Irma — possibly as a dangerous major hurricane in about five days.
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