Tropical Storm watch issued for NC coast as Hurricane Maria moves north

Jerome Frank
September 25, 2017

But the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday the storm could still cause risky surf and rip currents at beaches on the U.S. east coast. The projection cone sees the system in the open Atlantic about half way between SC and Bermuda by next Tuesday.

Computer models continue to move the storm's path farther west, and the Outer Banks now falls within the Hurricane Center's "cone of uncertainty", which is very large four and five days from now.

The WATE 6 Storm Team says Hurricane Maria has max sustained winds of 120 miles per hour and its making its was north of Turks and Caicos.

"Maria's forecast track has shifted closer to the USA east coast, and it is becoming increasingly likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast next week", the Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update said.

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As of 11 p.m. Friday, the storm's maximum sustained winds were at 125 miles an hour, making it a still unsafe Category 3 hurricane.

Swells generated by Maria are increasing along portions of our coast. The Center warns that they are likely to cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions". The rain forecast from Maria is now 1-3 inches, and moderate ocean overwash in vulnerable areas is probable with the potential for 1-3 feet of inundation above ground from coastal flooding.

Some of the U.S. coast may be under a tropical storm or hurricane watch later Sunday, the center said.

Hurricane force winds extend 60 miles out from the center of the hurricane. The NHC said it expected the storm to weaken further by Monday night or Tuesday. It was about 875 miles (1,410 kilometers) east of Bermuda and was moving to the southeast at 3 mph (6 kph).

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