Maria continues northerly track, Lee become a hurricane

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25 September, 2017

Maria weakened to a Category 2 storm Sunday, with sustained winds of about 105 miles per hour.

As of the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. update, Hurricane Maria's track has shifted as it has turned north, and now some parts of the USA eastern seaboard fall within its cone of uncertainty. That might be just enough to put the Outer Banks, possibly even Hampton Roads in Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula, into some tropical storm-force winds and maybe some squally rain in the Monday-Wednesday period. However, the exact position of Maria's stall is uncertain, and recent model trends have placed the storm further to the west and closer to the Carolina coast, prompting the NHC to shift their official track in the 11 a.m. update.

Maria, now a Category 2 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds nearing 110 miles per hour, is expected to moving toward the north of the coast at 9 miles per hour.

Swells generated as a result of the storm are increasing in parts of the southeastern coast, making for "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.

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Rain rolled into Central Florida Saturday from Hurricane Maria's trek up the Atlantic, along with increasingly risky surf and rip currents. If the storm stays in the wake of José, cooler water will eventually cause it to weaken, the Hurricane Center said. As such, everyone should prepare for these impacts while they continue to monitor Maria, according to Dare County Emergency Management. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect because of Lee.

The swells will continue to effect the areas of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the northern coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas.

4 p.m. UPDATE: The death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is now at least 10.

That's after the storm destroyed the island of Dominica, killing at least 15 people there.


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