Hurricane Maria Moves North Away from the Battered Caribbean

Hurricane Maria Moves North Away from the Battered Caribbean

Hurricane Maria Moves North Away from the Battered Caribbean

Those with interests from the Carolinas and along the Mid-Atlantic should continue to monitor Maria and be prepared for potential direct impacts.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday the storm was roughly 475 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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

The tropics still remain rather busy with post tropical cyclone Jose still spinning off the New England Coast, Tropical Depression Lee getting resurrected in the open Atlantic, and Major Hurricane Maria churning in the open Atlantic.

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But with the consistency of model runs that we've seen for several days that keep the storm well off the shores of SC, it does not appear that our state has much to worry about with Maria.

Hurricane Maria is expected to soon create unsafe waves and strong rip currents along parts of the southeast US coast as the Category 3 storm moves away from the Bahamas and into open water. At this time, there are no watches or warnings in effect for this hurricane, but increased surf is expected over the next several days along parts of the southeastern United States. It has maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, down somewhat from the 125 miles per hour winds it was sporting yesterday, but still a Category 3 storm.

On the current forecast track, Maria will stay offshore but make its closest approach to the Outer Banks on Wednesday as a Category 1 Storm.

The Hurricane Center said it was likely to bring 3 to 7 inches (7.5 to 17.5 centimeters) of rain to the coastal region. The tiny storm was generating hurricane-force winds that extended only 10 miles from its center. Gradual weakening is expected by Monday evening or Tuesday. It should not be a threat to land according to the hurricane center.

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