Hurricane Maria Expected To Affect Mid-Atlantic Shores Next Few Days

  • Hurricane Maria Expected To Affect Mid-Atlantic Shores Next Few Days

Hurricane Maria Expected To Affect Mid-Atlantic Shores Next Few Days

Hurricane Maria continues to move slowly northward with large swells affecting much of the East coast.

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Hurricane Maria continues to weaken and is a Category 1 storm with 80 miles per hour top winds.

As the storm tracks into the North Atlantic at the end of September, some of Maria's rain and wind could brush part of Atlantic Canada. The system is expected to remain over the Atlantic, although tropical storm watches and advisories are going up for the outer banks of North Carolina.

Panovich says by the time it reaches the Outer Banks, Maria should either be a weak hurricane or a strong tropical storm.

Forecasters said Hurricane Maria was weakening as it progressed on a northward track at about 9 miles per hour.

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

Landfall isn't in the forecast, Maria will be close to the coast for the next few days, which means an extended period of coastal and off-shore impacts from the Carolinas to New England.

Chris Austin, head of the UK Task Force, said the region has been "relatively lucky so far" with the impact of Maria.

Thursday: Maria will accelerate to the east-northeast and the weather will greatly improve in the Outer Banks. These swells are likely to cause unsafe surf and life-threatening rip currents for the next several days, even as Maria is forecast to remain well offshore.

According to the NHC's long range forecast, Maria is expected to continue north over the Atlantic Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday and Wednesday we will go back to a mix of sun and clouds with just a stray shower possible during the afternoon and highs rising into the lower 90s with heat indices pushing the upper 90s.

"Waters are likely to rise to about 2 feet above astronomical tide levels in southeastern Virginia, with minor coastal flooding likely", Kottlowski said. Tropical storm force winds are expected near the Outer Banks. It said the amount of rainfall Cape Lookout receives will depend on the exact track and forward speed of Maria, but heavy rainfall and flash flooding are possible. The Ocean Prediction Center is forecasting six- to nine-foot waves from SC to Maryland, and three-foot waves through New England.

Hurricane Maria, at left, is a large storm, especially when compared to Hurricane Lee, at right.

It will loop across the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Azores this week, and poses no threat to land.