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Hurricane Maria Still A Possible Threat To US East Coast

25 September 2017, 12:37 | Katrina Lee

Keeping an eye on Maria

Hurricane Maria Could Cause Dangerous Rip Currents Along East Coast

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.

As of the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. update, Hurricane Maria's track has shifted as it has turned north, and now some parts of the USA eastern seaboard fall within its cone of uncertainty.

Hurricane Maria is now a category 3 storm and is expected to cause unsafe surf and rip currents at southeastern United States beaches for the next several days, according to the National Weather Service.

The hurricane - now a Category 3 storm with 115 miles per hour winds, as of midday Saturday - is tracking north between high pressure over the Atlantic Ocean and low-pressure over the Gulf of Mexico. However, the exact position of Maria's stall is uncertain, and recent model trends have placed the storm further to the west and closer to the Carolina coast, prompting the NHC to shift their official track in the 11 a.m. update.

Forecasters said Hurricane Maria was weakening as it progressed on a northward track at about 9 miles per hour.

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Looking farther ahead, she added: "Ex-hurricane Maria looks set to bring some stormy conditions to North-west Europe Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October at this stage". There are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect, however these may be issued for a portion of the coast later today.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria was moving away from the Turks and Caicos Islands late Friday afternoon and was staying generally east of the Bahamas. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents for the next several days. It should not be a threat to land according to the hurricane center.

4 p.m. UPDATE: The death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is now at least 10.

The storm has been slowing down over the past day or so, beyond this weekend is where Maria's forecast track gets tricky.

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