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Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Lee returns as hurricane in Atlantic


- The forecast track of Hurricane Maria has shifted slightly west, bringing a small sliver of North Carolina's coast into the cone of uncertainty.

Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Watches have been issued for portions of North Carolina's coast and the Outer Banks. The Outer Banks could see some strong winds from the outer bands of the storm by midweek.

Tropical storm and storm surge watches were issued Sunday evening (Sept 24.) for parts of North Carolina's coast as Hurricane Maria continues to move north, according to the National Hurricane Center.

This is something to keep an eye on if you have travel plans to eastern North Carolina or southeastern Virginia or the Delmarva in the early to middle part of next week.

The National Hurricane Center maintains Maria as a major storm through Sunday with a slow weakening trend thereafter as it generally moves northward.

A Puerto Rico dam damaged by heavy rains from Hurricane Maria was in danger of failing on Sunday, posing a risk to communities downstream, as people across the US territory sought to dig out from the deadly storm, Reuters reported.

Winds might only be in the 20-30 miles per hour range, possibly less, but the wind field radius on the north side of Maria should be rather large, capable of a slow and steady push of ocean water into the barrier island inlets.

While the onslaught of devastating hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria came right on cue with the typical peak of hurricane season (September 10), the lack of new development is also following climatology. Those two things are expected to put Maria on a north-northwestward to northward path over the next few days.

Temperatures Friday afternoon made it into the mid to upper 80s under mostly cloudy skies.

As of the last advisory from the hurricane center, at 4 p.m. CDT Sunday, Hurricane Maria was located about 425 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and was moving north at 9 mph. 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. Solid swell from Maria is in the water today for many along East Coast as observed on the offshore buoy network.

Hurricane Maria is moving away from the Bahamas on Saturday. Maria is going to push that ranking even higher and we should be reaching at least the number eight spot all time if the intensity forecast over the next 36-48hrs holds true.

Hurricane Lee has developed in the Atlantic, well out to sea. High surf and a high risk of rip current will continue through the weekend. The main timeframe for the chance of gusty winds and rain along the Outer Banks will be Tuesday night through very early Thursday morning.

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