Tropical Storm Maria brings wind, threat of flooding to OBX

Tropical Storm Maria brings wind, threat of flooding to OBX

The remnants of two Atlantic hurricanes could hit the United Kingdom and Ireland by the end of the week, bringing stormy weather.

Look for a whole lotta sunshine out there again today with highs near 90 degrees and north winds around 5-10 miles per hour.

Meteorologists are now watching the progress of hurricanes Lee and Maria as they take curved tracks across the North Atlantic.

At noon, the center of Hurricane Maria is located 285 km SE Cape Hatteras North Carolina.

Those dry conditions are expected to last until at least Tuesday, said Michael Ross, of the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.

The storm's consistent winds were about 70 miles per hour Wednesday morning, however, and the National Hurricane Center warned that Maria was still a risky storm. The National Hurricane Center said "Lee's low-level center is partially exposed along the northern edge of the convective canopy due to nearly 40 knots of northerly shear".

Hurricane Lee, meanwhile, was gradually strengthening far off in the open Atlantic, where it was expected to swing north and east again before tropical storm-force winds reach Bermuda.

NHC/NOAAHurricane Maria is expected to continue eastward with maximum winds of 60 miles per hour. The same trough which is expected to escort Maria out over the North Atlantic will deliver a shot of continental air, sending temperatures below seasonal as we head into the beginning of October.

After passing this region, Maria is expected to turn off to the northeast and move quickly away from the East Coast.

Tropical Storm Maria moving north just off of the North Carolina coast... "So therefore, we've got a storm surge watch in effect for those areas due to possible storm surge of two to four feet." .

On Thursday as Maria moved further offshore, Officials began reopening the islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke to visitors after more than 10,000 tourists were evacuated Monday.

Since Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico on August 24, forecasters have been watching the Atlantic for likely threats to the United States or the Caribbean islands.

Maria's now headed away from the US East Coast but solid swell continued today and lingers into the weekend.

The system has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days, forecasters said.