Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017. 11:03 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: This morning, the center of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 33.6 North, longitude 73.1 West. Tropical storm force winds are nearing North Carolina outer banks.
Maria is moving toward the north near 7 miles per hour and this general motion with some decrease in forward speed expected through tonight.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports that a turn toward the north-northeast is expected on Wednesday.
On the forecast track, the center of Maria will pass east of the coast of North Carolina during the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.
According to the NHC, gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Maria is forecast to become a tropical storm within the next day or so.
Maria is a large hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles .
Storm surge warnings are in effect for several communities in North Carolina.
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