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Extremely dangerous category 5 Maria slams Dominica now on to Puerto Rico

Sarasota, FL (WWSB) -  The incredible 2017 hurricane season may go down as one of the strongest on record if storms keep firing up like the last few weeks.

2017 Storms

13 Named storms, 7 hurricanes and 5 major.

So far there have been 13 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 5 major storms.   We have seen 2 Cat. 5's, 2 cat. 4's and 1 cat. 3, and we still have over 2 months to go.

Some people are wondering if this is the strongest hurricane season thus far?  In 2005 we had 4 category 5 storms,  Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma. 

With the latest advisory, Maria had winds of 160 mph and gusts up to 180 mph as it roared ashore into Dominica, the small island of the Lesser Antilles.

The last time a major storm hit Dominica was 1979 hurricane David.  It was a category 4 storm with 145 mph winds.  This storm basically wiped out the small island leaving 75% of its people homeless.

The forecast is calling for it to move WNW right toward the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.  These Islands were hit hard by Irma just over a week ago.

Maria Track

A slight shift East

Puerto Rico is now under a hurricane warning and could see a direct hit by a cat. 4 or 5 hurricane on Wednesday. 

Jose is still spinning off the Carolina coast and could help steer the storm out to sea if it hangs around there through the weekend. 

At the 11 p.m. advisory the EURO is shifting off a little to the right or East which is good news for Florida.

According to NOAA's revised forecast,  we could see an additional 2-4 more storms before Nov. 30th

Our forecast is calling for generally sunny skies with only a very small chance for a few passing showers on Tuesday, with the rain chance gradually increasing by Thursday to 40%.

Highs will be near 90 each day and lows in the low 70s.

Bob Harrigan

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