Mandatory evacuation ordered for parts of North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Maria

Former Hurricane Jose is to thank for that.

The Federal Transit Administration is working with FEMA on improving ferry service between Puerto Rico islands. The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be helping the evacuation efforts early Monday.

The National Hurricane Center issued a public advisory for Maria at 8 a.m. Tuesday. He says he's "confident the president understands the magnitude of the situation". There would be no way to get people off the islands should an emergency arise.

Rossello said he'd be speaking with Trump later today to discuss "a long-term recovery package for Puerto Rico to be presented to Congress", apparently next week.

Across the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, tropical storms have killed at least 100. Hatteras has a year-round population of about 500 people, who are not required to leave.

Frank Saunders, duty chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "Ex-Maria is likely to impact our weather towards the end of the weekend and into the beginning of next week". Ocracoke has a population of about 1,000 residents.

Hurricane Maria continued on a path northward on Tuesday morning and will pass offshore of North Carolina over the next few days.

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Maria is continuing to weaken and will likely be a tropical storm by Tuesday night. The main area of concern is along the Outer Banks.

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

They warned risky rip currents were possible in the ocean for the rest of the week.

A weaker Hurricane Maria continued on a path Sunday that will bring it uncomfortably close to the U.S. East Coast this week. Its top sustained winds were clocked at 80 miles per hour (130 kph) and the storm is moving to the north at 7 miles per hour (11 kph).

As of the NHC's 11 a.m. ET update on Monday, Maria is a large storm with hurricane-force winds extending 90 miles from its center, though mostly to the East. Maria has sustained wind speeds of around 80 mph, with some higher gusts.

"Hurricanes gain their energy from the warm tropical waters and ex-Maria will be modified significantly as it tracks over the cool North Atlantic ocean".

  • Adam Floyd