NC Outer Banks preps for Maria; storm regains strength, becomes hurricane again

Forecast track

At 480 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, Lee is no threat to land, but notable for forming September 14, dissipating, and then reforming Friday.

Tropical storm watches have been issued for the entire North Carolina coast and parts of the extreme southern end of the Virginia coast.

Forecasters with the Weather Underground said a strong upper-level flow will push both Maria and Lee across the North Atlantic this weekend, with the remnants of both hurricanes possibly affecting the British Isles and northern Europe from Sunday into Tuesday.

Hurricane Maria is on its way across the North Atlantic and could hit the United Kingdom at the weekend, forecasters have warned.

Maria is one of three systems being tracked by the National Hurricane Center on Thursday.

Residents after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. At that point some models (the Canadian and the ECMWF) are on the west side of the forecast cone, and the GFS is on the right with a north-northeastward track.

Maria had winds of 125 miles per hour on Friday night.

Heavy, flooding rain will also be possible in those areas, with 8-16 inches possible in the Turks and Caicos and 4-8 inches in the Dominican Republic.

The storm is slowly moving northward well offshore in the Atlantic, kicking up large ocean swells along much of the U.S. East Coast.

Tropical storms Maria and Lee are racing far out into the Atlantic and pose no threat to land. Wave heights along the shore will increase during the next few days, creating risky surf and increased chances of rip currents.

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