Hurricane Maria moves north; Lee still far from land

As Hurricane Maria slowly moves northward and closer to North Carolina, Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for parts of the state.

The strongest winds are expected north of Cape Lookout and especially over the Outer Banks.

While Hurricane Maria isn't expected to have a direct impact on SC, it still could cause risky rip currents here, and maybe a bit more to the north of our state.

That's why the Euro EPS (ensemble prediction system) has some solutions toward the North Carolina coast. "The shaded area around its path corresponds to about a 60 to 70 percent chance that the location of the storm center remains within that "fan", so there remains a slight chance for landfall over eastern N.C".

SURF: Swells generated by Maria are increasing along portions of the southeastern United States coast and Bermuda and will be increasing along the Mid-Atlantic coast later today.

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Lee, which degenerated into a remnant low last week, has intensified into a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday. Storm after storm has formed, pelting the Caribbean, US, and Mexico with relentless rains, punishing winds, and unsafe storm surge. It is now moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour.

But the Met Office is now forecasting Hurricane Maria to spin across the Atlantic and impact Britain in a week with the risk of gales and heavy rain.

Our hot streak has continued and Saturday was our third 90-degree day in a row.

Forecasters think the core of the hurricane will stay offshore, but it could come close enough that parts of the coast will feel some of its effects.

Swells from Hurricane Maria were rolling into Nags Head Sunday.

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As Maria makes its way north, residents of Puerto Rico are beginning to assess the full extent of the storm's destruction.

Check back for updates in the days ahead as forecast guidance comes into better agreement on the overall long-term steering for Maria.

Fair to partly cloudy skies along with light easterly winds and a slight chance of a quick, passing shower is in the forecast for our Saturday, with highs topping out in the lower 90s.

And in the Harrisburg area, we probably won't see much of anything but unrelated, unseasonably-warm weather.

Lee is expected to stay far out in the Atlantic through the next five days and not pose a threat to land.

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