Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Watching Maria: Tropical Storm Watch In Effect for NC Coast

Watching Maria: Tropical Storm Watch In Effect for NC Coast

Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina has been issued a mandatory evacuation order.

The storm is slated to pass by North Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Only if the storm tracks within 100 miles of the coast would hurricane conditions extend into the Outer Banks. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Outer Banks with the potential of 50 miles per hour winds and a 2-4 foot storm surge.

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the storm was 210 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras and had winds of 75 mph.

The hurricane center said forecast models agree on this general scenario but differ on the timing and location of that curve. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bogue Inlet north to the Virginia border, as well as for Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. Maria is also expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1-2 inches over the Outer Banks through Wednesday.

We'll keep you updated on Hurricane Maria as we head through the next several days.

Maria's economic cost to Puerto Rico could increase if the islands sees an exodus of residents fearful that water and power could be out for months, said Chuck Watson, of Enki Research.

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The five-day tracking model shows Maria maintaining hurricane strength through Tuesday as it makes it way north before turning northeast and heading further out into the Atlantic.

While Hurricane Maria continues to slowly slide offshore up the East Coast, we have near record warmth again today.

Rip currents along the beaches of North and SC prompted 25 rescues Saturday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Armstrong in Wilmington.

It said people along the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts should monitor the storm.

Maria hit Puerto Rico as a major Category 4 hurricane and claimed dozens of lives in its rampage across the Caribbean.

After about four days, forecasters think the the area of high pressure to the east will pull back and allow Maria to curve more to the east and away from the coast.

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