Tropical Depression Fourteen formed from a tropical wave 1100 miles east of the Leeward Islands on September 1st. It moved
WNW and strengthened to Tropical Storm Maria the next day. Early on September 4, Maria became the fifth hurricane of
the season and started turning to the Northwest. It continued to strengthen fairly rapidly over the next 48 hours, and
on September 6, it briefly strengthened to Category 3 intensity 400 miles east of Bermuda, making it the fourth major hurricane
of the season. After peaking in intensity, it turned North, and then Northeast, heading into the open Atlantic. It weakened
to a tropical storm on September 7, only to regain hurricane strength later that day. It remained a hurricane until September
9th and from there it continued a steady weakening pattern.
Advisories ceased on September as Maria became extratropical 700 miles of Newfoundland. It never threatened land
as a hurricane, but Maria became a strong extratropical storm, and actually strengthened to hurricane strength once again
while moving towards Iceland. Measurements taken of the storm on September 11 showed it had deepened dramatically to
970 mbar, much stronger than the 989 mbar it had when the NHC issued their last advisory.
The remnants of Maria pounded Iceland with gusty winds and heavy rains on September 13. Maria never made direct contact
with land as a storm, but unfortunately, Maria's extratropical remnants triggered a landslide in Norway that killed one person.