Hurricane Maria Moves North Away from the Battered Caribbean

Confidence is "high" that Hurricane Maria will have no impacts in SC, even as the powerful storm continues to churn out in the Atlantic. By late Tuesday and Wednesday, Maria will be near the coast of North Carolina.

On Sunday afternoon the storm is about 425 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. Maria's winds may make a hurricane or tropical storm warning necessary for portions of the area.

"Maria's forecast track has shifted closer to the USA east coast, and it is becoming increasingly likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast next week", the Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update said.




The NHC predicts that Maria, while still remaining a hurricane, will lose some of its intensity over the next 48 hours as it moves north. There are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect, however these may be issued for a portion of the coast later today. Swells generated by Maria still could produce life-threatening surf and rip currents along the southeastern US and Bermuda, forecasters said. The rain forecast from Maria is now 1-3 inches, and moderate ocean overwash in vulnerable areas is probable with the potential for 1-3 feet of inundation above ground from coastal flooding. The tiny storm was generating hurricane-force winds that extended only 10 miles from its center. If the storm stays in the wake of José, cooler water will eventually cause it to weaken, the Hurricane Center said.

Hurricanes Lee and Maria continued churning in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday (Sept. 24), but neither was posing a significant threat to land masses, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It is now about 900 miles east of Bermuda, moving north at 6 mph.

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