Hurricane Maria could cause risky currents along United States coast


Hurricane Maria could cause risky currents along United States coast

As it tracks north-northwest, Maria may come close to the Outer Banks of North Carolina by the middle of the week, lurking east of Cape Hatteras by Wednesday. Far to the north is what's left of Hurricane Jose.

Rain rolled into Central Florida Saturday from Hurricane Maria's trek up the Atlantic, along with increasingly risky surf and rip currents.

Hurricane Maria is moving away from the Bahamas on Saturday.

While the cone of uncertainty presently interacts with the northern part of the North Carolina coast as well as the Virginia and Maryland coasts, the storm poses no direct threat to SC, though it is already producing coastal effects that are being felt throughout the area, including a high rip current risk, large waves, choppy surf and higher tides. Maria will continue to move north and weaken as it approaches the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

Maria, now a Category 2 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds nearing 110 miles per hour, is expected to moving toward the north of the coast at 9 miles per hour. The waves will increase along the Mid-Atlantic coast Saturday night and Sunday.

No, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Jose will continue to weaken while Lee should become a tropical storm again while doing a clockwise loop in the open Atlantic.Lee should not pose a threat to any landmasses.

So by no means is this hurricane season done, and there will probably be another developing system to monitor in the Caribbean, and then perhaps across portions of the Gulf of Mexico and/or the Southeast U.S.in the first week of October.

Moving into the Atlantic Ocean, about 900 miles east of Bermuda, we have Tropical Storm Lee.

Expect unseasonably warm days - 80s highs in the Roanoke Valley and points south and east, mid 70s to near 80 in the New River Valley and points west - through the next week, with lows mostly in the 60s.