Following the development of Tropical Storm Lee,  Maria poses a significant threat to Irma-devastated areas in the northern Caribbean early this week.

Tropical Storm Maria, located less than 600 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, presents the biggest risk to land as it continues to gain strength over the coming days. People in the Lesser Antilles should be preparing for yet another impactful tropical system.

According to the Met Office, at 5.a.m. Sunday Tropical Storm Maria was approximately 740 km east-southeast of the Leeward Islands, and is moving in a west-northwesterly direction at approximately 24 km/h.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office is reporting today that Tropical Storm Maria, which is churning in the Atlantic Ocean, is gaining strength, and Trinidad and Tobago can expect to be affected.

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A slower west-northwest motion is expected during the next few days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 km/h with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours and Maria is forecast to become a hurricane later today.

Tropical storm-force winds currently extend outward up to 95km and the estimated minimum central pressure is 994mb.

These are the islands that are expected to be affected:

Antigua,

Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis,

Montserrat *Guadeloupe *Dominica *Saba and St.

Eustatius *St. Maarten *Anguilla A Tropical

Storm Watch is in effect for… * St. Lucia *

Martinique * Barbados * St. Vincent and the

Grenadines

While it is unlikely that the storm will reach Irma’s intense strength by the time it approaches, the brisk pace of the storm means there is little time for preparations to be completed on the islands.

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