Surf Starts to Subside as Maria and Lee Head Out to Sea

Posted October 03, 2017

Tropical Storm Maria was producing "gusty winds" over the Outer Banks in North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday evening.

Map forecast for Hurricane Lee via National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, a storm surge watch is in effect for North of Cape Hatteras to Duck.

Tropical storms Maria and Lee are racing far out into the Atlantic and pose no threat to land.

Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School tweeted: "Hurricane Maria has a giant wind field, and it's lashing the Outer Banks with strong gusts".

"A coastal inundation of two to four feet is likely on the barrier islands of eastern North Carolina", said AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to about 70 mph, and tropical storm force winds extend up to 240 miles from the storm's center, forecasters said. They can bring very strong winds and heavy rain, but they are a normal part of our weather.

They say that Maria continues to move slowly northward, now about 160 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center said "Lee's low-level center is partially exposed along the northern edge of the convective canopy due to nearly 40 knots of northerly shear".

Maria's hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 105 miles from the center. Some gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days.

Hyde County and Dare County issued mandatory visitor evacuation orders for Ocracoke Island and Hatteras Island on Monday and the final ferries were scheduled to depart from the islands at 11 p.m. Monday.

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Lee will also be steered by an area of high pressure in the Central Atlantic.

Maria's now headed away from the US East Coast but solid swell continued today and lingers into the weekend.

Residents after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Thanks to a trough digging into the northeast, Maria will take a sharp right-hand turn over the next 24 hours and begin moving rapidly to the east-northeast, out to sea. As the storm headed north and west, North Carolina officials ordered tourists to leave Hatteras and Ocracoke because of the possible flooding.