Hurricane Maria Moves North Away from the Battered Caribbean

Video A pile-up of debris in Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. – Contributed

Video A pile-up of debris in Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. – Contributed

As of 11 a.m. Sunday the storm was roughly 475 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

As of the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. update, Hurricane Maria's track has shifted as it has turned north, and now some parts of the US eastern seaboard fall within its cone of uncertainty.

Maria is forecast to produce a prolonged period of strong winds gusting to 63 miles per hour and risky seas of 20 to 25 feet.

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While the cone of uncertainty presently interacts with the northern part of the North Carolina coast as well as the Virginia and Maryland coasts, the storm poses no direct threat to SC, though it is already producing coastal effects that are being felt throughout the area, including a high rip current risk, large waves, choppy surf and higher tides. There are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect, however these may be issued for a portion of the coast later today.

But with the consistency of model runs that we've seen for several days that keep the storm well off the shores of SC, it does not appear that our state has much to worry about with Maria.

Swells generated as a result of the storm are increasing in parts of the southeastern coast, making for "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.

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The Hurricane Center said it was likely to bring 3 to 7 inches (7.5 to 17.5 centimeters) of rain to the coastal region. The forecast track stays over open water and is not a threat to land.

There will be a chance of tropical storm force winds along the Outer Banks on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tropical storm force winds extended out as far as 80 miles (120 kilometers) in some directions. This path is expected to continue through Monday, according to The National Hurricane Center.

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