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  • Maria weakens a bit, still a threat

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.   Here’s the latest on Maria:

    After making landfall this morning as a Category 4 hurricane in Puerto Rico, then spending much of the day moving across the island,  Maria is now over open water and has strengthened to a major hurricane.

    Hurricane Warnings are in effect for the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos, and southeastern Bahamas as the core of Maria moves to the north and east of these islands.

    Residents across the Midatlantic and Northeast coast will still need to monitor Maria’s path although it looks likely the storm will stay offshore.

    Tropical Storm Jose will continue gradually weakening over the next few days, eventually becoming a remnant low.

    Tropical Storm Warnings remain posted for coastal southeastern New England, including the Cape.  The overall steering pattern will keep the remnant low over this same general vicinity into the weekend, southeast of the New England coast.


  • Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hurricane Maria has made landfal in SE  Puerto Rico near Yabucoa around 6:15 am ET as a Cat 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph after pummeling the Virgin Islands last night as a Cat 5 hurricane.

    The National Weather Service office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, warned of “catastrophic damage” from Maria’s winds, as well as “life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible devastating impacts” in a hurricane local statement.

    Rainfall of generally 12-20″ is possible, with isolated 25″+ totals in Puerto Rico.

    Storm surge will be in the 6-10 foot range.   Maria will move near the Dominican Republic Thursday, near or just northeast of the Turks & Caicos Friday, then northeast of the Central Bahamas Saturday, likely on a weakening trend.

    Maria will make a gradual northward Thursday, so we’ll continue monitoring the forecast track for potential East Coast impacts next week or a track that keeps Maria offshore.

    Tropical Storm Jose remains offshore bringing rain and wind into southeastern New England and Eastern Long Island where Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches remain in effect.

    Rainfall of 3-5″ is possible over Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod, where wind gusts over 60mph are also possible. Rip currents and surf will keep Northeast and New England beaches dangerous through the end of the week.


  • Dangerous Hurricane Maria

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Maria is a dangerous category 5 hurricane after making landfall last night on the island of Dominica.

    Conditions will deteroriate across the Virgin Islands, through Wednesday.   Puerto Rico is forecast to take a direct hit from this major hurricane on Wednesday with rainfall of 12-20” possible, with isolated 20”+ totals.

    Storm surge of 6-10 feet is likely.   Maria will move near the Dominican Republic Thursday,  the Turks & Caicos Friday, then into the Bahamas Saturday, likely still as a major hurricane.

    Maria is forecast to turn northward as it enters the Bahamas, so we’ll have to monitor the forecast for potential East Coast impacts next week or a complete turn back out into the Atlantic.

    Jose is hanging on as a minimal hurricane with winds of 75mph, still forecast to weaken to a Tropical Storm by Wednesday when it is centered southeast of Cape Cod.

    Conditions in these areas will resemble a rainy Nor’easter with gusts to 65mph and coastal flooding possible.  Dangerous rip currents will continue along the East Coast into midweek.

    We’ll continue to watch Maria and Jose’s progress through the week.


  • Watching Jose along the Northeast coast

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Happy Friday.

    Just want to give everyone a heads up that we are carefully watching Jose as the storm moves northward through the weekend between the East Coast and Bermuda.

    There is the possibility that Jose moves close enough to the Northeast and/or New England Coast for direct impacts towards the middle of next week.

    Everyone along the east coast should monitor the progress of Jose.

    Meanwhile, temperatures remain hot across Florida this weekend as many are still without power.

    And winter has arrived across the northern rockies with winter storm warnings in effect across the higher elevations.

    Here’s the rest of your forecast across the U.S:

    Be safe everyone.  We’ll continue to keep you updated on Jose’s path.


  • Heat across Florida, snow for the Rockies and Jose won't quit!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Hope you’re all doing well.  We’re one step closer to the weekend!

    We’re watching the weather across Florida this week with millions still without power.  While temperatures across Central and South Florida remain within a few degrees of average, those highs in the 88-90 degree range combined with humidity will still make for heat indices in the upper 90s to 100 degrees.  Make sure to check on those who are affected by the heat and who don’t have air conditioning.

    Meanwhile, Winter Storm Watches will likely become Winter Storm Warnings across higher elevations of the Northern Rockies as snow elevations lower throughout the day.

    Hurricane Jose will continue looping in the western Atlantic, then move northward between the East Coast and Bermuda over the weekend.

    While many computer models keep Jose away from land, it is too early to say with certainty whether or not Jose will pass close enough to the Northeast or New England coast in 6-7 days for direct impacts.

    We don’t want to raise alarms, but folks should be aware of Jose’s path over the next few days especially if you live across the Northeast.

    Here’s a look at the rest of your forecast:

    We’ll have another update tomorrow morning.


about this blog

  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.