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Hurricane Maria stays strong, Lee a Tropical Storm again

26 September 2017, 12:30 | Colleen Roy

Hurricane Maria's center nearing Turks, Caicos Islands with wind speeds near 125 mph

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The computer models have begun to show that Maria could track much closer to North Carolina and Virginia's coast than previously thought.

The latest forecast doesn't have Maria actually making landfall in the USA, but the storm will be close enough to impact parts of the east coast.

There is also a storm surge watch from Cape Lookout to Duck including the sound side of the Outer banks.

Forecasters say Hurricane Maria is causing risky surf and rip currents along the East Coast of the USA after the storm devastated Puerto Rico. With significant wave heights peaking at 35-40' on the, expect even more solid swell to impact the East Coast over the coming days. "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 is still a category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

There's a low chance of tropical-storm force winds for our area, but at this point, the Grand Strand is still not likely to see dramatic impacts from Maria.

Maria is moving toward the northwest near 9 miles per hour.

Maria's is still a strong Category 3 hurricane, with some uncertainty in track as it comes closer to New England by late Thursday or Friday next week. It also looks like we'll have a strong northwesterly breeze both days.

Hurricane Maria is moving away from the Bahamas on Saturday.

Storm watches have been issued for North Carolina as the U.S.is threatened by a hurricane for the fourth time in a month. As these features move through, they should cause Maria to take a sharp right turn and steer the storm out to sea, keeping any impacts from the hurricane well to our south and east later this week. We'll go from seeing high temperatures near 90 at the start of this week to highs in the 70s by the end of the week.

NHC forecaster Dan Brown said Lee will be near major hurricane strength within the next 24 to 36 hours but "late in the period decreasing sea surface temperatures and increasing shear should impart a weakening trend". Based on current forecast holds, wind speeds could cause the suspension of ferry services early Tuesday morning, potentially making Monday night the last runs available. Risky surf and rip current conditions through the weekend are forecast.

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