Hurricane Maria churns just off the Carolina coast

Hurricane Maria churns just off the Carolina coast

Hurricane Maria churns just off the Carolina coast

As of the last advisory from the hurricane center, at 7 a.m. CDT, Hurricane Maria was located about 190 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and was moving north at 7 mph.

Along with Maria, Hurricane Lee, a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, is churning in the central Atlantic and isn't a threat to land, the hurricane center said.

The National Hurricane Center said Maria, a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, will continue to track northward parallel to the coast before making a turn away from land and to the east.

The storm is slated to pass by North Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect along the North Carolina coast from Bogue Inlet to the Virginia border as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

Millions of people in the Caribbean are still reeling from Hurricane Maria's devastation. He said another 27 were missing. Swells also continue to affect Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the northern coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas. Roofs across Dominica were torn away and at least 27 were killed on the island, with more still missing.

Rossello said he'd be speaking with Trump later today to discuss "a long-term recovery package for Puerto Rico to be presented to Congress", apparently next week.

The tragedy has received relatively little media coverage compared to Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and President Donald Trump hasn't brought much attention to it.

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Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson said Tuesday morning that it's impossible to get exact figures on how many people evacuated Hatteras Island after they were ordered to do so.

"We do not expect Maria to regain major hurricane status". A storm surge watch was also in effect for Cape Lookout to Duck.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper released a statement Monday urging coastal residents and tourists to be prepared for heavy ocean surf, deadly rip currents and possibly storm surge flooding. It was moving north at 7 miles per hour.

The order goes into effect at 5 a.m. Monday, according to Hyde County officials.

Only if the storm tracks within 100 miles of the coast would hurricane conditions extend into the Outer Banks.

"The latest track for Maria shows it loitering off our coast from later Tuesday through Thursday", said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.

Maria is continuing to weaken and will likely be a tropical storm by Tuesday night.

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