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Tropical Storm Maria is expected to strengthen to a hurricane and could follow Irma's path

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Updated September 17, 2017 10:53 AM EDT

Tropical Storm Maria is expected to become a hurricane at some point on Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph as it follows a path similar to that of Hurricane Irma. Maria is currently 410 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at 15 mph.

Swells that are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions are expected to begin affecting the Lesser Antilles by Sunday night.

A hurricane watch is already in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy and Anguilla. Tropical storm watches have been posted for St. Lucia, Martinique, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

As for Hurricane Jose, the storm is moving a little faster northward and has gained strength. The National Hurricane Center said Jose currently has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

There is still no direct threat to land, but Jose has generated dangerous swells in Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and much of the U.S. East Coast.

Jose has strengthened to a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Saturday.

The storm continues to move slowly northward and could bring "life-threatening rip currents" to parts of the East Coast as early as next week.

It's currently located about 485 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, according to the NHC.

A majority of the models show the eye of Hurricane Jose passing east of the North Carolina coast on Monday.

"However, an additional increase in the size of the storm or a westward adjustment in the track forecast could bring tropical storm conditions closer to the Outer Banks," the NHC notes.

So while Jose is currently on track to remain offshore, the NHC said those along the East Coast from Virginia to New England should monitor the storm's progress.

Swells generated by Jose are already affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and much of the U.S. East Coast. NHC said the swells will likely cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions for the next few days in those areas.

In addition to Hurricane Jose, the NHC said Tropical Storm Maria is expected to strengthen and affect portions of the Leeward Islands.

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Maria is currently located about 620 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at 20 mph.

A hurricane watch was already issued for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat. In addition, a tropical storm watch was issued for St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

"Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Monday night or Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible on Monday," the NHC added.

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