Hurricane Maria is strengthening in the Atlantic and has its eyes set on Puerto Rico.
This storm is in warm water and a favorable upper air pattern to develop. It is presently a category 2 storm with 110 mph winds. It should increase today to a category 3 storm.
It is not following the slightly cooler, up-welled waters left behind by the track of Irma or Jose but will cross that path later this week.
As for whether Maria will affect the mainland U.S., the computer models are somewhat up in the air (which is typical) but do lean more toward an open ocean track by late in the week.
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) September 18, 2017