Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica with 165MPH winds and was the first Category 5 hurricane ever to strike the island. It is now headed toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and is continuing to strengthen. A typical autumnal weather pattern over the continental United States is expected to keep it offshore of the mainland as it turns north. Should it hit pockets of warm water in the South Atlantic, it has the potential to recover its strength. There is a remote possibility that it could surprise forecasters and move into the Caribbean.

All storm track models now see Maria moving northward well out to sea, but if it impacts the remains of Jose, it could still be pushed onshore somewhere along the Atlantic seaboard.
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Cyclone Phailin has become a larger version of Hurricane Sandy, a huge storm packing winds of 160 miles per hour, striking at one of the most heavily populate low-lying areas on Earth. The cyclone has the potential to cause massive damage, but so far barely 70,000 people of the millions in its path have fled the region. Twenty-six of the thirty-five most deadly storms in history have struck the Bay of Bengal. It was believed on Friday morning that it would lose some strength before going ashore, but it unexpectedly increased in power, very much as Hurricane Sandy did, and for the same reason: the waters the storm is crossing are warmer than normal.
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Two powerful Pacific typhoons could merge over the next fewdays in a rare event that will generate a monster storm thatcould threaten the entire Pacific region.

The Australian-Pacific Center for Emergency and DisasterInformation has graded Olaf as a Category 4 typhoon, withsustained winds of 155 miles per hour. Olaf is currentlyover Samoa and American Samoa.

The second, somewhat weaker typhoon, Nancy, is over the CookIslands, and the two storms are expected to collide onThursday or Friday. The Cooks were struck by anothertyphoon, Meena, just 10 days ago, and seas described as”phenomenal” were buffeting the east coast of the island,where sea walls were damaged by Meena.
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