8 am position and possible track of Maria. Graphic by WeatherUnderground

At 8 am the tropical storm warning for Dominica has been discontinued as the center of Tropical Storm Maria moves northeast of Dominica over open water.

Maria continues to lose organization.

At 8 am, the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 16.9 north, longitude 61.2 west or about 50 miles northeast of Guadeloupe. Maria is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and this motion is expected to continue today. On the forecast track the center of Maria and its associated weather is expected to move over the Leeward islands by later today with rainbands southeast of Maria expected to affect the island by later today. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph with higher gusts.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles mainly to the northeast of the center. Models are forecasting Maria to remain a Tropical Storm as it moves across the northern section of the island chain. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the islands north of Guadeloupe, through to Puerto Rico.

Sea swells are a major concern and are expected to peak  up to 5.0 metres mainly across the northern and eastern coast of the island. All users of the sea and residents in coastal areas, especially on the northern and eastern coastlines are advised to take all the necessary precautions.