Hurricane Maria is still a very powerful storm and is moving toward the United Sates but is not expected to strike the US mainland. We will see increased easterly swells and high rip currents at the beaches this weekend and into Monday.
Maria is forecasted to pitch out over the Atlantic, travelling north, but is not expected to have much effect on the US' eastern coast.
But now that ridge of high pressure is forecast to push to the northwest.
If the hurricane goes farther west, it will move over the warm Gulf Stream and possibly strengthen. Before that turn out to sea occurs however, Maria may come very close to the Outer Banks of North Carolina by the middle of the week, making that the most likely place to feel any direct impacts from Maria. In particular, the exact strength and position of two high-pressure features by early next week will dictate just how close Maria will get the East Coast.
As it is, Maria is forecast to be parallel to Cape Hatteras by Thursday as a minimal hurricane with top winds of around 75 miles per hour.
There's also another named storm in the Atlantic, far to the east of Maria.
The hurricane center said Lee is not a threat to land, but that's the only thing that's certain about the small storm. This was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years.
Ahead of the storm passing us, winds out of the east are pushing deep tropical moisture over South Florida.
BEWARE OF MISINFORMATION: As you seek online information on these tropical systems, watch out for "hype sites" and provocative social media posts that only showcase the more dire computer forecast model solutions.
As Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, Georgia and SC it has destroyed homes, buildings, caused flooding and cut out power for days for almost 10 million people.
9/17/17 456 am - Latest on Tropical Storm Maria.