Maria Weakens Some; Solid Swell Impacting the East Coast
Sep 26, 2017, 00:31
The latest forecast doesn't have Maria actually making landfall in the USA, but the storm will be close enough to impact parts of the east coast. However we have seen some shifting to the west among some models, so residents of NC and the Outer Banks should continue to keep a close eye on this storm.
Though Maria is expected to stay well east of the United States, swells will affect Bermuda, the Bahamas and the southeastern coast of the United States, causing rip currents and life-threatening surf this weekend. Those on the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts are warned to monitor the storm's progress.
Maria, which hit the island of Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, weakened to a category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph.
The hurricane center expects Lee to be a tropical storm again by Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 115 miles per hour with higher gusts.
A new front moving in after Thursday could kick Maria quickly out to sea, minimizing any impacts. It's not till next Saturday where temperatures drop into the upper-60s and low-70s with increasing shower chances late Saturday, heading into next Sunday - 8 days from now.
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It is now a few hundreds miles east of the island of Nassau and the US National Hurricane Centre is warning people in the Bahamas and along the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic coasts to keep monitoring the situation.
The storm is now a category 3 hurricane, and is moving away from the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Millions of people in the Caribbean are still reeling from Hurricane Maria's devastation.
Much the same can be expected Sunday, although there should be a little more atmospheric moisture content and instability to work with, allowing for a slightly better chance of scattered showers and a few thunderstorms.
Forecasters think the core of the hurricane will stay offshore, but it could come close enough that parts of the coast will feel some of its effects. Maria is going to push that ranking even higher and we should be reaching at least the number eight spot all time if the intensity forecast over the next 36-48hrs holds true. Unsafe surf and rip current conditions through the weekend are forecast. However, hurricanes are still possible as the Atlantic Hurricane Season technically runs through November 30th.
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