Maria regains hurricane strength off the Outer Banks coast

Michele Moreno
October 3, 2017

Two tropical storms are set to hit Irish shores by the weekend.

Puerto Rico, which was slammed by Maria on Wednesday, could also get an additional 1-3 inches of rain, which could exacerbate flooding there and hinder recovery efforts.

Maria was briefly downgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday, before restrengthening into a Category One hurricane earlier today (Wednesday September 27).

Maria will move between the east coast of the United States and Bermuda by the middle of next week, "but it is too soon to determine what, if any, direct impacts there might be in these areas", the National Hurricane Center said on Friday. The threatening storm position will probably prompt tropical storm watches and even some hurricane watches to be posted by this afternoon.

The hurricane center thinks that Maria will then turn more to the north by late Saturday, and that path would keep it away from the continental U.S.

The storm, which has been at hurricane strength (winds greater than 74 mph) for more than a week, has begun to enter into a more hostile environment for hurricane sustainability.

She said there was a chance that there would be a "very wet and windy start to next week", but stressed the future model runs needed to be monitored for any changes.

Maria's maximum sustained winds Tuesday reached near 75 miles per hour.

However, Maria's weakening would not prevent parts of the East Coast from feeling some direct impacts.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on September 20, leaving most of the island without power and communication, NBC News reported. Risky rip currents are possible in the ocean for the rest of the week.

With Tropical Storm Maria slowly making its way north, the weather along the Outer Banks continues to pick up with high winds and rain.

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