Hurricane Maria to bring unsafe winds and swells to United States coast

Hurricane Maria to bring unsafe winds and swells to United States coast

Hurricane Maria's outer edges are expected to reach here by mid-week, and a tropical storm watch has been posted for the North Carolina coast to the Virginia line.

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

The official NHC forecast suggests Maria will stay offshore of the East Coast and track somewhere between the Carolinas and Bermuda through midweek.

"The cone of uncertainty could push it towards North Carolina and even parts of the Northeast". "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".

"High swells are expected to increase along portions of the southeast United States coast", the NHC warned.

Along with Maria, Hurricane Lee, a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, is churning in the central Atlantic and isn't a threat to land, the hurricane center said. It's expected to weaken from a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) to a non-major hurricane sometime Saturday afternoon into early Sunday. Its 85-mph maximum sustained winds quickly dissipated over the mountainous, sparsely populated region.

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We will continue to monitor the latest tracks and trends. The main area of concern is along the Outer Banks.

Maria is now a Category 2 hurricane.

North Carolina may bear the worst of the storm, as current forecasts show Maria brushing its coast Wednesday morning. It could actually be increasing for parts of the East Coast.

Hurricane Maria is still a very powerful storm and is moving toward the United Sates but is not expected to strike the US mainland. But it turned north and headed up the US East Coast, bringing heavy rain, unsafe surf, and tropical storm-force windsfrom Georgia to New England.

Expect unseasonably warm days - 80s highs in the Roanoke Valley and points south and east, mid 70s to near 80 in the New River Valley and points west - through the next week, with lows mostly in the 60s.

Rip currents are a high risk as well, and forecasters say they will be especially strong a few hours before and after low tide today, which will be around 5:00 p.m.to 5:30 p.m.

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