This morning: Cloudy to overcast and windy with isolated showers and possible isolated thunderstorms.
This Afternoon into Wednesday morning: Generally overcast with tropical storm force winds, heavy showers and thunderstorms.
Today through tonight: East to southeast with a fresh breeze increasing to Tropical Storm force strength.
Wednesday morning: southerly with a strong breeze to near gale force winds 25 t0 38 mph.
Dangerous Category 5 Hurricane Maria is affecting the Leeward Islands. On its forecast track, the center of Maria will move about 87 miles southwest of St. Maarten later this afternoon into evening. As a result, cloudy to overcast skies with storm conditions are expected during this forecast period.
Rough to very rough seas are expected during the next 24 hours with waves peaking near 17 feet. Small craft operators should remain onshore to prevent the loss of life and damage to property.
Rough to Very Rough
At 08:00 AM the center of major Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 16.2 North, longitude 62.8 west or about 126 miles south southeast of St. Maarten. Maria is moving toward the west northwest near 09 mph, this motion is expected through Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move about 87 miles southwest of St. Maarten later this afternoon into tonight and into the Caribbean Sea.
Maximum sustain winds have increased to near 160 mph with higher gusts.
Residents of St. Maarten are advised to remain vigilant and monitor the progress the Hurricane.
The Meteorological Department of St. Maarten will closely monitor the progress of this system and keep you updated.
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