Mandatory evacuation ordered for parts of North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Maria

Mandatory evacuation ordered for parts of North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Maria

- The forecast track of Hurricane Maria has shifted slightly west, bringing a small sliver of North Carolina's coast into the cone of uncertainty. A tropical storm watch or hurricane watch could be issued by the National Hurricane Center for parts of the North Carolina coast on Sunday, but most effects from the storm would be felt around mid-week.

Storm watches have been issued for North Carolina as the threatened by a hurricane for the fourth time in a month.

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

The five-day tracking model shows Maria maintaining hurricane strength through Friday as it makes it way north before turning northeast and heading further out into the Atlantic.

Jose should lend a helping hand to keep Maria away from the USA mainland by temporarily blocking a large area of high pressure over the eastern US from moving farther east, the Weather Channel reported. By the time Maria's power is spent, the hurricane center said, it will have dumped up to 40 inches of rain on Puerto Rico, an amount approaching the heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. This dome of high pressure will remain in control of our weather for the first half of the week, before it gradually weakens and relinquishes its grip.

The WATE 6 Storm Team says Hurricane Maria has max sustained winds of 120 miles per hour and its making its was north of Turks and Caicos.

Swells from Maria will affect the southeastern coast of the United States, causing rip currents and life-threatening surf through the weekend.

Weather boffins fear two Hurricanes that have left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean will combine to create strong thunderstorms that could blitz the UK.

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