Hurricane Maria path: Tropical storm and surge watches issued for North Carolina

Panovich: Outer Banks likely to see Maria's impacts

Visitors have been evacuated from Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

The storm was centered about 210 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Tuesday morning and was moving north at 7 mph.

Forecasters said tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area beginning Tuesday, and 2-4 feet of surge will also be possible.

Hurricane Maria is pushing high surf over North Carolina's Outer Banks, where more than 10,000 visitors were told to leave the islands.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The forecasters said these systems have decayed to a relatively large extent by the time they enter our latitudes, but their remnants still contain air of tropical origin, which can still exert an influence on the weather in the north-east Atlantic, including the UK.

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The East Coast is bracing for high winds from Hurricane Maria, days after the storm caused devastation in the Caribbean. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Maria is also expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1-2 inches over the Outer Banks through Wednesday.

Although it's not now predicted to make landfall along the coast, Maria is the third hurricane to affect the United States in the last month. The center said it expected the storm to weaken further by Monday night or Tuesday but would remain a storm packing a powerful punch.

Most of the Caribbean island, a USA territory with a population of 3.4 million, is still without electricity five days after Maria swept ashore with ferocious winds and torrential rains, the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico for almost a century, Reuters reported. You can see from the first shot, which is just south of the new new Bonner Bridge, that they built up huge sand dunes after Hurricane Jose, which cut right across the road, covering it in sand and temporarily closing it.

Prior to, during and after Maria's closest approach to the East Coast, seas, surf and rip currents will increase from the northern Bahamas and Florida, to the mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England beaches this week.

NCDOT says it expects ocean overwash to occur on N.C. 12 and worsen as Hurricane Maria gets closer to the coast.

Stay with WAVY.com for the latest forecast for Hurricane Maria. 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.

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