Maria Forecast Track Moves West; Tropical
Storm Force Wind Probabilities Increase
track of Hurricane Maria has made a slight shift westward, increasing
the probability of Tropical storm force winds for Hatteras and Ocracoke
islands next week, per the Saturday morning update from the National
Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office.
Mainland Dare and Hyde
counties eastward through the Outer Banks are now in the western part
of the forecast cone, but even if the center of Maria remains offshore,
impacts such as rough surf, a high risk for rip currents, beach
erosion, and ocean overwash are probable.
Hurricane Maria is
forecast to lift north and be near or off the North Carolina coast by
midweek, and tropical storm force winds could arrive in the area by
early Monday morning.
As of 5 a.m. on
Saturday, Maria was located 165 miles ENE of San Salvador with maximum
sustained winds of 120 mph. Maria is moving toward the north-northwest
near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue
A turn toward the north
is expected on Sunday, and Maria is forecast to move away from the
Bahamas and into the open waters of the western Atlantic today.
Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast information covering Eastern NC, and visit the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov for information on the tropics.
The Island Free Press will continue to monitor this system and will post updates as soon as they are available.