Hurricane Maria weakens to tropical storm

Oct 03, 2017, 00:37
Hurricane Maria weakens to tropical storm

A high threat of rip currents will also be in effect until the end of the week.

Tropical storms Lee and Maria have both passed their closest point of approach to the island.

In the Outer Banks, coastal wind gusts could be as high as 60 miles per hour.

Meteorologists are now watching the progress of hurricanes Lee and Maria as they take curved tracks across the North Atlantic.

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There's also a storm surge watch in effect from Cape Lookout to Duck. While the eye of the hurricane will remain over the ocean, outer rain bands and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are expected near the Outer Banks.

Hurricane Maria will bring tropical storm force winds, storm surge and coastal flooding to coastal portions of eastern North Carolina. The storm was predicted to erode more than half the dunes along North Carolina's 300-mile coast, while Maryland and Virginia could see two-thirds of their coasts eroded, according to the Associated Press.

The hurricane, with sustained winds of 110mph, could strengthen a little more before it is expected to begin weakening on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre has said.

Moderate to strong winds and a chance of thunder are forecast through tomorrow morning as Tropical Storm Maria passes to Bermudas distant north.

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Lee - now a category two hurricane out in the mid-Atlantic - is due to sweep across central parts of the United Kingdom on Sunday, bringing gale force eight winds to Jersey.

Maria is now forecast to bend away from the USA over the next day or two and begin its journey across the Atlantic towards the UK. Pearson said the worst problems were on Hatteras Island, where more than 10,000 visitors left under an evacuation order earlier this week. Issued on August 22, the forecast bumped up the number of potential storms because "of the warmer tropical Atlantic and fast start to the season". Maria is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm Wednesday, as it moves further southeast and out to sea. throughout the week; it's not forecast to make landfall on the USA mainland.

NHC/NOAAHurricane Maria is expected to continue eastward with maximum winds of 60 miles per hour.

Maria's now headed away from the US East Coast but solid swell continued today and lingers into the weekend.

Hurricane Maria path: Tropical storm and surge watches issued for North Carolina
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bogue Inlet north to the Virginia border, as well as for Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. North Carolina may bear the worst of the storm, as current forecasts show Maria brushing its coast Wednesday morning.

Tropical Storm Lee is far away from land over the central Atlantic and has become a post-tropical low.

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