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As Jose continued to leave the region today, high pressure building over the region resulted in a stable and largely dry atmosphere. A weak disturbance will pass north of the region tonight and Wednesday with some pop-up shower, mostly in the mountains. In the core of the viewing area, most of the time will be dry. However, a stray shower or thunderstorm cannot be totally ruled out. It will be warm with plenty of sunshine and temperatures 5-8 degrees above late September averages.

Beyond Wednesday, an upper-level area of high pressure will build over the Great Lakes and promote dry air across the region. Expect plenty of sunshine with warm afternoons along with mostly clear and comfortable nights right into the weekend. Enjoy!

We'll be watching Hurricane Maria over the next few days as it tears across Puerto Rico. Long range models keep the storm off the East Coast next week, but it's way too soon to call the all clear. Things can change, and we have plenty of time to watch.

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Jose will continue to generate hazardous high seas as well as dangerous surf and rip currents up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
Those with interests in southern New England should continue to watch the track of Jose as outer bands may bring wind gusts of 30-50 mph to these areas tonight and Wednesday, mainly along the coastline. The heaviest rainfall is expected to occur over far southeastern New England, which can lead to localized flooding and travel delays. Cape Cod and the islands of Massachusetts will experience the brunt of strongest wind gusts, possibly exceeding 50 mph on occasion. Coastal flooding can occur around times of high tide.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria remains a powerful category 5 hurricane in the northeastern Caribbean. An extreme risk to life and property will exist across the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola as Maria brings destructive winds, flooding rain and mudslides. The eye of Maria will pass very near, if not over, southwestern St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin islands later Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, then move over Puerto Rico Wednesday. Conditions will deteriorate significantly across Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands tonight into Wednesday. Winds across these islands could gust up to 160 mph.

Catastrophic damage to structures is likely, and many roads will become impassable due to downed trees, power lines and debris. Power outages may last for weeks in some areas with communication networks damaged. Heavy rain will lead to flooding and mudslides across the region. Irma recovery efforts will be adversely affected as many of the same areas will be impacted.

Have a great evening,
Chris


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