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Unfortunately, we’ve had far too many reasons lately to track hurricanes. However, hurricane Maria’s path is the latest hurricane in a destructive path for the Caribbean and potentially the east coast of the United States.
Thankfully we’ve had the men and women at the National Hurricane Center working day and night to provide us with the very best estimates of where Maria and her predecessors will travel.
To start with tracking a hurricane, the very best source is the National Hurricane Centerhomepage. Once landing on this page you will find a toolbar on the left and a headline about hurricane Maria front and center along with an image of Maria.
If you click the headline that reads “Major Hurricane Maria comes ashore in Puerto Rico” you’ll be taken to their main page that tracks hurricanes and in this case, Maria. You’ll notice the site shows hurricane Jose and disturbance 1 as well for reference.
You can also type into your browser “hurricanes.gov” without the quotes and it will take you straight to the hurricane page.
Hovering over the icon of Maria in the Carribean will provide you quick data on the latest status of Maria (wind speed, category, pressure, location, movement, etc.).
By clicking on hurricane Maria you get to the page dedicated to the various model projections and data for Maria, including the hurricane path. If you want to skip the above steps you can just head to this link: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?cone#contents
The front and center graphic provides the latest information on Maria including her path across the Carribean and the North Atlantic. You can see that by 8:00 am Saturday Maria’s trajectory puts her adjacent to the Bahamas.
The solid cone extending from Hurricane Maria provides the 1 to 3 day model forecast of where Maria is expected to go. The hashed cone is the 4-5 day model forecast, noting that forecasted track has less confidence.
You’ll also notice that at the bottom of the figure there’s a legend with the current information about Maria. For instance, the maximum sustained wind speed of 140 mph and it is moving to the northwest at 12 mph. The graphic also provides areas of hurricane and tropical storm warnings.
This NHC page is the absolute best place to track Hurricane Maria’s path: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?cone#contents.
Live Twitter Updates About Hurricane Maria
If you’d one place for the latest information about Maria along with the anticipated landfall and key messages, the National Hurricane Center Atlantic Ops Twitter account is a great resource. You can hear live updates on Maria from experts and find the latest data coming out of the National Hurricane Center. Also, for the latest public advisory on Maria, you can find it here.
Category 4 hurricane Maria is as deadly as her predecessors and it’s important to track the hurricane’s path and understand the risks associated with landfall of this major storm.