South Islands Brace For Hurricane Maria

Frederick Owens
September 24, 2017

On the forecast track, Maria will move away from the Bahamas into the open waters of the western Atlantic today.

Hurricane Maria remained a Category 3 storm on Friday morning with winds of 125 miles per hour.

"High swells are expected to increase along portions of the southeast United States coast", the NHC warned. While there will be no significant weather in North Carolina this weekend, Hurricane Maria will be worth watching as it continues to move north over the next several days.

Forecasters say Hurricane Maria is causing unsafe surf and rip currents along the East Coast of the USA after the storm devastated Puerto Rico.

Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast information covering Eastern NC, and visit the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov for information on the tropics.

Update 11 a.m.: Hurricane Maria's forecast track has shifted slightly closer to the US coastline with the most western edge of the cone skimming offshore of the Outer Banks.

The hurricane center's intensity forecast shows Maria as a minimal Category 1 hurricane in five days.

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A sprawling area of high pressure will be our main weather feature through the weekend, ensuring us warm and sunny days followed by mild and clear nights.

The latest track by the National Hurricane Center keeps the main track of Maria away from land but the coastal areas of North Carolina remain in the cone of uncertainty, so they will still to need monitor this storm really closely in the coming days. "This is likely to be followed by a northeasterly turn".

"How severe impacts are in the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas from Maria will depend on how much (strengthening) occurs and how close the hurricane tracks", AccuWeather.com reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, off the coast of Nantucket, Jose has transitioned into a post-tropical storm with 50 miles per hour winds.

Jose will continue to weaken south of New England.

Post-tropical storm Jose is off the coast of Nantucket with Hurricane Maria near the Turks and Caicos.

Live 5 News Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh says impacts if any in the Lowcountry would be possible high surf and rip currents.

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