Red flags up in Nags Head as Maria moves closer

Steward said winds coming out of the Southeast by mid-week will dictate how close Maria comes to North Carolina.

At 5 p.m. the National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the coast of North Carolina from Surf City northward to the North Carolina/Virginia border, including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. However we have seen some shifting to the west among some models, so residents of NC and the Outer Banks should continue to keep a close eye on this storm.

Hurricane Maria's path along the coast of the USA eastern seaboard is forecast to cause unsafe surf and rip currents in coming days.

It said people along the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts should monitor the storm. "The shaded area around its path corresponds to about a 60 to 70 percent chance that the location of the storm center remains within that "fan", so there remains a slight chance for landfall over eastern N.C".

Hurricane Maria has weakened slightly as it moves in the western Atlantic off the USA east coast. Lee became a hurricane again Sunday morning and could even strengthen into a Category 2 storm early this week.

The hurricane center said it is "likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast by midweek".

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It could continue to track northward, or northwestward, for the next three days, the hurricane center said, and could slow down a bit.

"As features work into the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico in early October, wind shear is typically low and waters are at their warmest", Kottlowski said.

Maria is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 miles per hour, but a turn toward the north is expected by tonight.

"We do watch as it moves generally north, but then is expected to make a turn to the northeast". (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins) A severely damaged school is seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying the aftermath from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on September 21, 2017. Temperatures will reach the low and middle 80s Saturday under partly to mostly sunny skies.

Lee is expected to stay far out in the Atlantic through the next five days and not pose a threat to land.

Parts of the east coast are already seeing risky rip currents, which is a problem for those of you who were planning on a trip to the beach.


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