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.
Even though the storm tracking models keep Maria's center offshore, if the storm gets within 230 miles of the Outer Banks, tropical storm force winds can be expected.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre says Maria's eye will move near or just east of the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern of The Bahamas today.
Hurricane Maria has weakened to a Category 2 storm with 105 miles per hour winds but forecasters warned that hurricane conditions could be possible along the North Carolina coast on Tuesday night.
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Residents along the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts should be monitoring the progress of the storm very closely.
Hurricane Maria previously barrelled toward the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday after lashing Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands with winds and rain that destroyed homes, caused flooding, devastated economies, and left at least 32 people dead.
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 by Maria still could produce life-threatening surf and rip currents along the southeastern US and Bermuda, forecasters said. Please consult products from your local weather office.
Earlier in the week, Maria struck Dominica as a Category 5 and Puerto Rico as a Category 4. Toppled trees cut power lines and streets were turned into rivers.