Outer Banks residents prepare for Maria's Tuesday impact

Marsha Scott
October 3, 2017

The weather map below shows the outer bands of Hurricane Maria passing over North Carolina.

"We've also been coordinating with Tideland EMC, the electric membership cooperative and they have personnel that will be deployed to Ocracoke to ensure that there will be additional personnel for any fix efforts that are necessary after the storm".

“However, strong winds with tropical storm force gusts and rough to very rough swells are expected tonight, as well as showers and a chance of thunder.”.

Most areas will see wind gusts to near 35 miles per hour.

Hurricane Lee remains over the open water of the Atlantic and is expected to move into the north Atlantic as well.

Hurricane Maria will come close enough to North Carolina to trigger gusty winds and rain, while unleashing unsafe seas elsewhere along the East Coast this week, AccuWeather reports.

The National Weather Service reported winds had increased to 70 mph (112 kph) by daybreak, about 15 miles higher than earlier in the morning.

It will be closely followed by the remnants of Maria, which at its peak was a category five hurricane that devastated large parts of the Caribbean, but has since weakened to a tropical storm. Maria could become a tropical storm by Tuesday night or Wednesday.

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No injuries have been reported on the US mainland from Maria, which lashed North Carolina's fragile Outer Banks with high water and waves, washing over the only highway connecting Hatteras Island to the mainland. Issued on August 22, the forecast bumped up the number of potential storms because "of the warmer tropical Atlantic and fast start to the season".

Maria is predicted to erode more than half the dunes along North Carolina's 300-mile coast.

A buoy near Cape Hatteras in North Carolina recorded sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 52 miles per hour.

Hyde County officials said Monday they thought about 700 visitors would leave because of the evacuation ordered for Ocracoke Island.

Thankfully, with the exception of higher than normal seas and offshore storm surge, there is no longer much impact on land rom either of these storms.

Maria was finally racing east in the Atlantic on Thursday, giving the United States a rest from the constant threat of tropical weather for more than a month.

"On the forecast track, the center of Maria will pass east of the coast of North Carolina during the next day or so", the advisory said.

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