Now it's Hurricane Maria. And it's picking up speed and strength as it goes north.
After passing north of Bermuda on Thursday, the system grew into the third hurricane of the season. It might brush or hit Newfoundland, Canada, on Friday, most likely as a hurricane.
A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning have been issued for southeastern Newfoundland.
At 5 a.m. on Friday, Maria was in the Atlantic about about 495 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, dashing northeast at 45 mph with sustained winds of 80 mph. The storm's strength is not expected to increase on Friday.
Two interesting things about Maria: First, its forward progress, over 40 mph, is amazingly fast for any tropical system, let alone a hurricane. Second, it emerged about a week late; on average, the third hurricane shows up on Sept. 9.
Initially developing into a tropical storm on Sept. 7, Maria's core slid west of Bermuda on Thursday afternoon, close enough to deliver gusty winds and rain.
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