Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hurricane Maria weakens as it moves north in Atlantic

Hurricane Maria weakens as it moves north in Atlantic

The County of Hyde, NC issued a visitor evacuation order for Ocracoke Island on its Twitter page Saturday night.

As far north as New Jersey, where Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty tweeted there were 35 rescues from strong weekend currents, the effects of Hurricane Maria were beginning to be felt.

Hurricane Maria (lower right) is expected to become a tropical storm by late Tuesday. Some tropical storm-force winds of 35 miles per hour or more are possible along the immediate coast as well.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Cape Lookout to Duck.

The hurricane that battered the USA territory of Puerto Rico last week has weakened slightly with maximum sustained winds Tuesday morning near 75 miles per hour.

The forecasters said these systems have decayed to a relatively large extent by the time they enter our latitudes, but their remnants still contain air of tropical origin, which can still exert an influence on the weather in the north-east Atlantic, including the UK.

"NOAA buoy 41025, located about 15 miles (25 km) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, recently reported a wind gust to 45 mph (72 km/h)".

Hurricane Maria is forecast to track up the southeastern coast of the United States, and winds from the storm are expected to reach North Carolina as early as today.

A tropical storm watch was upgraded to a warning on Monday for areas from Cape Lookout to Duck, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello says he's spoken "as recently as last night" to President Donald Trump about the crisis Hurricane Maria caused on the island.

Residents working on their roof in badly damaged neighborhood are seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying the aftermath from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on September 21, 2017.

While no direct impacts are expected locally, very risky beach conditions will develop today and linger through Tuesday.

Maria's economic cost to Puerto Rico could increase if the islands sees an exodus of residents fearful that water and power could be out for months, said Chuck Watson, of Enki Research.

After about four days, forecasters think the the area of high pressure to the east will pull back and allow Maria to curve more to the east and away from the coast.

THE Atlantic hurricane season is so bad weathermen could run out of storm names - with this year threatening to be the second-worst tropical storm season since records began 166 years ago.

Stay with for the latest forecast for Hurricane Maria.

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