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Tropical storm watch issued for much of NC coast

Tropical storm watch issued for much of NC coast”

Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history. Those swells will hit the Mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday and "are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the NHC said. The projected path as of Saturday morning shifted considerably west and reflected a more delayed approach than before, pulling level with the Carolinas Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

That's why the Euro EPS (ensemble prediction system) has some solutions toward the North Carolina coast.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

Instead, Maria will gain latitude in between that eastern US high-pressure system and another area of high pressure located to Maria's east in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Maria remains out in the Atlantic but is still roiling waters along the coast of Florida while another hurricane has formed.

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. On thisforecast track, Maria will move away from the Bahamas and offshore of the southeastern coast of the United States.

Raleigh can expect winds to reach 20 miles per hour, but Maria's outer bands may not move close enough to cause any rain.

Maria is a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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Some fluctuations in intensity will be possible over the next day, forecasters said.

Hurricane Maria is a Category 3 storm and is expected to cause unsafe surf and rip currents, creating swells in the mid-Atlantic. It was about 875 miles east of Bermuda and 1,375 miles west of the Azores.

Hurricane Maria's outer edges are expected to reach here by mid-week, and a tropical storm watch has been posted for the North Carolina coast to the Virginia line.

At the moment, the latest forecast guidance suggests the center of Maria will stay off the East Coast of the US, but it's too early to be 100 percent certain.

The numbers include the risk of one to two additional landfalls in the U.S.

Authorities flew over the island Saturday, and were stunned by what they saw.

Officials say the humanitarian crisis is growing as towns are left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service.

Roselló met with more than 50 mayors and representatives from across Puerto Rico on Saturday.



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