Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Shocking map shows Maria winds lashing North Carolina

Warm until late week, Hurricane Maria stays offshore Hatteras, Ocracoke islands under mandatory evacuation for visitors as Maria nears coast
Christy Curtis | 03 October, 2017, 00:41

Maria is off the Atlantic coast as a Category 1 hurricane, with 75 miles per hour winds, and was moving north at 7 miles per hour.

Hurricane Maria is forecast to impact Hampton Roads and North Carolina through Wednesday as it passes offshore.

Meanwhile, a storm surge watch is in effect for North of Cape Hatteras to Duck.

Although Maria was downgraded to a tropical storm, beach erosion could pose a significant problem for North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.

Luckily for the Outer Banks a front is coming that will send Maria packing out to sea.

At 5 a.m. EDT/AST (0900 UTC) on September 29 the National Hurricane Center reported that the center of Hurricane Lee was located near 38.3 degrees north latitude and 52.4 degrees west longitude.

Those dry conditions are expected to last until at least Tuesday, said Michael Ross, of the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. NOAA buoy 41025 located about 15 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras recently reported a sustained wind of 40 mph [65 km/h] with a gust to 52 mph [83 km/h].

'Ex-Maria will still contain tropical air brought north and it is this air which has the potential to affect our weather.

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.

Maria was a Category 1 hurricane as it moved northward in the Atlantic, but it weakened to a tropical storm on Tuesday.

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.

As a result of Hurricane Maria's likely impact on North Carolina's Outer Banks this week, local authorities are calling for residents and tourists to evacuate the islands. "So therefore, we've got a storm surge watch in effect for those areas due to possible storm surge of two to four feet." .

Maria was expected to move out into the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday night and Thursday, dissipating as it reached the open ocean. The longer the island is without power and clean water the higher the risk of illness will rise.

Schools were closed Tuesday and will be on Wednesday in all of Dare and Currituck County because of expected tropical storm conditions.

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