Maria likely to become tropical storm Tuesday night or Wednesday: NHC

27 September, 2017, 00:14 | Author: Gregory Stephens

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for visitors on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina on Sunday ahead of Hurricane Maria.

WIlmoth said there is a potential for tropical storm force winds to affect the state's coast from Surf City all the way to Virginia. It's moving to the North at 9 miles per hour.

The hurricane center said forecast models agree on this general scenario but differ on the timing and location of that curve.

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning from Cape Lookout to Duck on the Outer Banks.

Maria will probably be a tropical storm by then with top winds of less than 75 miles per hour.

"Maria remains a large hurricane", the Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. update today.

The storm, which struck the island as a Category 4 major hurricane, threatens to at least graze the U.S. East Coast later this week.

The US National Weather Service said Tuesday the storm's strength is expected to gradually weaken as it continues northward.

It's getting easier to leave Puerto Rico, where more than 3.4 million US citizens still lack adequate food, water and fuel five days after Maria pounded the island as a Category 4 hurricane. You can see from the first shot, which is just south of the new new Bonner Bridge, that they built up huge sand dunes after Hurricane Jose, which cut right across the road, covering it in sand and temporarily closing it.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) -Hurricane Maria is located about 375 miles to the southeast of Myrtle Beach and moving slowly to the north.

Wrightsville Beach saw more than 25 rescues because of rip currents Saturday.

Maria has caused widespread damage in the Caribbean, hitting several areas already affected by Hurricane Irma like Haiti.

The tropical storm force winds are likely to reach west into a portion of eastern North Carolina, but will not make landfall. According to Moss, a new front moving in after Thursday could kick Maria quickly out to sea, minimizing any impacts.



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