Hurricane Maria track shifts west


Hurricane Maria track shifts west

At least 10 people died in Puerto Rico due to Maria.

Maria is moving toward the northwest near 9 miles per hour.

Effective at 5 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners have declared a state of emergency for all of Hyde County and a mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island due to the threat of hurricane Maria.

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

It knocked out power in the USA commonwealth of more than 3 million people, Puerto RIco Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said.

The latest projection on Hurricane Maria gives the storm a better chance of affecting North Carolina by the middle of next week.

It's carrying sustained winds up to 68 miles per hour and generating large swells along portions of the southeastern coast of the United States and Bermuda.

The Category 3 storm was centered about 100 miles north of the Dominican Republic Thursday afternoon and moving northwest at 9 mph. The track of Maria will stay well to the east of Central Florida and does look to stay away from land as it skirts between the United States and Bermuda. With a decent wind out of the east-northeast, a few showers were able to move inland and even a couple of thunderstorms. The center of circulation is now moving over cooler waters left behind from Hurricane Irma, but re-strengthening is anticipated once it moves north of Irma's path. Those on the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts are warned to monitor the storm's progress.

Tropical storm and storm surge watches were issued Sunday evening (Sept 24.) for parts of North Carolina's coast as Hurricane Maria continues to move north, according to the National Hurricane Center. In particular, the exact strength and position of two high-pressure features by early next week will dictate just how close Maria will get the East Coast.

Coastal flooding at times of high tide and beach erosion may also occur with the risks greatest along the Outer Banks and at the mid-Atlantic beaches.