Maria becomes a Category 5 hurricane; Jose weakens

Maria becomes a Category 5 hurricane; Jose weakens

(WWBT) - Hurricane Maria has made landfall on Dominica, an island in the Caribbean, as a Category 5 with top winds of 160 miles per hour.

Maria is tracking through the Caribbean through areas devastated by Hurricane Irma earlier this month.  There is much uncertainty on if it could eventually impact the East Coast of the U.S.

Maria is expected to move to the west to west-northwest over the next several days and continue to be a major Category 5 or Category 4 hurricane as it crosses near Puerto Rico by Wednesday.

At 8 p.m. Monday, the National Hurricane Center said Maria had become a Category 5 storm.

On the other hand, Hurricane Jose, a Category 1 storm, is moving north but gradually weakening. The center of the storm is expected to stay well offshore.

Virginia's beaches will see rough surf, beach erosion, and dangerous rip currents through at least Tuesday from Jose.

Scattered showers and wind gusts to 40 mph are possible in far eastern Virginia and the North Carolina Outer Banks.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued along the Virginia coast through Tuesday. A Tropical Storm Warning is also in place for the Outer Banks.

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