September 17, 2017 / 6:26 PM / a year ago

Maria prompts France to issue hurricane warning for Guadeloupe

Sept 17 (Reuters) - The French government has issued a hurricane warning for its Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe as Tropical Storm Maria moves west-southwest, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday.

France also issued a tropical storm warning for Martinique due to Maria, which the NHC expects to reach hurricane status later in the afternoon or in the evening on Sunday.

At 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), Maria was about 405 miles (655 km) southeast of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. (Writing by Lisa Von Ahn; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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