Shocking map shows Maria winds lashing North Carolina

Shocking map shows Maria winds lashing North Carolina

Shocking map shows Maria winds lashing North Carolina

With Tropical Storm Maria slowly making its way north, the weather along the Outer Banks continues to pick up with high winds and rain.

The National Hurricane Center said at its 11 a.m. advisory that Lee has powered up to 115 miles per hour, making it a Category 3 storm and the fifth tropical cyclone this season to earn the title of major hurricane.

Klotzbach said Lee becoming a major hurricane doesn't mean much for the rest of the season as far as number or strength of storms.

Lee - now a category two hurricane out in the mid-Atlantic - is due to sweep across central parts of the United Kingdom on Sunday, bringing gale force eight winds to Jersey.

That makes Lee a top-end Category 2 hurricane.

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Lee is forecast to remain a hurricane over the next several days and could get a bit stronger, but will pose no threat to land as a tropical cyclone.

Maria's maximum sustained winds Tuesday reached near 75 miles per hour.

"Storm surge flooding is occurring, especially along the sound side of the North Carolina Outer Banks, and a storm surge warning and watch are in effect for portions of eastern North Carolina".

Heavy, flooding rain will also be possible in those areas, with 8-16 inches possible in the Turks and Caicos and 4-8 inches in the Dominican Republic. The storm eventually stalled south of the New England coast and became a post tropical cyclone September 21.

Although all warnings have been dropped for the East Coast, forecasters said waves stirred up by Maria will pose a threat of rip currents and unsafe surf along beaches for the next day or two.

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