Shocking map shows Maria winds lashing North Carolina

The worst conditions will probably target the North Carolina Outer Banks between late Tuesday and Wednesday night when the storm center makes its closest approach (but probably remains offshore). Residents shared the sentiment that this isn't something they're really scared of, but Keith Jones, who just moved to the island, says while not anxious about the storm, he is prepared.

Storm and surge watches and warnings have been issued for parts of North Carolina, with tropical storm conditions and risky flooding possible within the next few days.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on September 20, leaving most of the island without power and communication, NBC News reported.

Maria slammed into the small island on September 18 as a Category 5 hurricane, causing devastating damage, before continuing on to hit Puerto Rico.

Lee - now a category two hurricane out in the mid-Atlantic - is due to sweep across central parts of the United Kingdom on Sunday, bringing gale force eight winds to Jersey.

So the hurricane center nudged its official forecast track to the west a bit to account for the spread.

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Increasing wind shear (solid red lines) will weaken the maximum sustained winds of Maria over the next few days.

Tropical Storm Maria will head eastward and away from the US today. The hurricane is already being affected by wind shear, and the hurricane center said it will also track over cooler waters that were stirred up by former Hurricane Jose.

Maria was a strong tropical storm with 70 miles per hour winds.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas between Bogue Inlet and the North Carolina/Virginia border.

Although all warnings have been dropped for the East Coast, forecasters said waves stirred up by Maria will pose a threat of rip currents and risky surf along beaches for the next day or two.

  • Adam Floyd