United States threatened by 2 hurricanes; watches issued

For the SC coast, no direct impact is expected with Jose, but risky surf and rip currents will be possible over the next few days.

Maximum sustained winds were around 75 miles per hour with higher gusts Monday, and some gradual weakening was forecast over the next couple of days, although Jose was expected to remain a hurricane through Tuesday.

And as Maria is forecast to strengthen, what was Tropical Storm Lee has weakened. As of 11 p.m. Monday, forecasters are predicting the peak of the storm will be from 11 p.m.to 7 a.m.

This storm will track off to the west-northwest into the middle of this week as it passes through the open waters of the eastern and central Atlantic. It's forecasted to become a remnant low by Monday night.

Several watches and warnings remain in place, while others have been added in the latest advisory.

The storm is expected to be near the Leeward Islands Monday. It has maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and is moving west-northwest at 12 miles per hour.

However it is weakening and the forecast is that it will become a depression by Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. It should stay a category 4 hurricane through Thursday as it moves just north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Lance Franck says the watch is tied to Hurricane Jose, which continues to churn in the Atlantic. It was located southeast of the Lesser Antilles on Sunday morning, moving towards the Caribbean.

Jose was not expected to make landfall in the United States, but officials say it may create potentially life-threatening conditions.

A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the U. S. Virgin Islands.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Fenwick Island, Delaware northward to Nantucket.

However, Hurricane Jose is a large cyclone and is expected to have direct impacts in the areas mentioned. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky.

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