Hurricane Maria Weakens but Poses Threat to US East Coast

26 September, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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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.

The NHC says Maria will be moving well east of the United States southeast coast during the next two days. By Tuesday, it is expected to be located between North Carolina and Bermuda. "The shaded area around its path corresponds to about a 60 to 70 percent chance that the location of the storm center remains within that "fan", so there remains a slight chance for landfall over eastern N.C".

As of Sunday morning, Maria had top sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, now a category 2 hurricane.

The tropics still remain rather busy with post tropical cyclone Jose still spinning off the New England Coast, Tropical Depression Lee getting resurrected in the open Atlantic, and Major Hurricane Maria churning in the open Atlantic.

But the Met Office is now forecasting Hurricane Maria to spin across the Atlantic and impact Britain in a week with the risk of gales and heavy rain. The current forecast has the storm slowly moving north through the middle of the week. Closer to where Maria is forecast to move over the Atlantic, individual waves could reach 80 feet. Thankfully it's a broad trough and not a digging one (a digging negatively-tilted trough is a great way to yank a hurricane into the east coast) so it all comes down to timing. Tropical storm or hurricane watches may be needed for a portion of the coast later today.

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

Lee is not a threat to land, but may strengthen a little through the week. The main timeframe for the chance of gusty winds and rain along the Outer Banks will be Tuesday night through very early Thursday morning.

While the past month has been devastating, the 2017 season doesn't end until November 30 and warm ocean temperatures suggest there are more storms to come, said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the Colorado State University seasonal hurricane forecast.

Even though Maria will not directly strike the Lowcountry, it is already being felt along the coast, where the National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a high surf advisory through 8 p.m. Monday.

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