Maria approaching hurricane strength
While it continues to pose no threat to land, Tropical Storm Maria is approaching hurricane strength. Currently, winds are estimated at 70 mph and central pressure is 995 mb. The SHIPS model bring Maria up to 110 mph within two days. Banding and outflow are greatly improved today. While previous guidance was dissipating the storm, it looks like NHC did well with siding with the renegade guidance in this case. Shipping interests should monitor the storm.