Share Share Tropical Storm Maria 5-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 8:00 pm EDT on Friday, the centre of Tropical Storm Maria was located about 135 miles north of Barbados and about 185 miles east-southeast of Guadeloupe. On the forecast track, the centre of Maria will move over the Leeward Islands during Friday night and Saturday, and be near the Virgin Islands by Saturday night. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Maria is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next day or so. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles, mainly to the northeast of the centre. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles on Friday evening, then spread northwestward over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday and Saturday night. Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches over the central to northern Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 2 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast within the warning area. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, St Martin, Saba, St Eustatius, Antigua, Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, St Kitts, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Barthelemy, St Marten, Martinique, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra. Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas should monitor the progress of Maria.Caribbean News Now 20 Views no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Tropical storm Maria approaching Leeward Islands by: – September 10, 2011 Sharing is caring!