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Category 2 Hurricane Maria Could Hit US East Coast

Category 2 Hurricane Maria Could Hit US East Coast”

However, the biggest impacts for the possibly affected areas is heavy rain and wind gusts of over 60 miles per hour.

Stay with WCNC.com as we continue to track Maria and bring you the latest forecast.

The center said that parts along the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic Coasts "should monitor the progress of Maria", and that hurricane watches may be need to be issued for portions of the coast later today.

Days after devastating Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, Maria's sustained winds on Sunday were down to 105 mph - within Category 2 range - and the eye of the storm was about 475 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

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Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: "Hurricane Maria looks like merging with Hurricane Lee off the east of the U.S. and moving across the Atlantic, with the latest thoughts being for them to pass between the north-west of Scotland and Iceland on Monday or Tuesday".

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. WATE 6 Storm Team Meteorologist Shea Sorenson said the storm is not a threat to East Florida, which is still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

MARIA SURF/SWELL POTENTIAL: Swells generated by Maria are affecting Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the northern coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.

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Given such an offshore track, Maria will send ocean swells to the Carolinas over the weekend through the middle of next week. and this swell will manifest in heavier-than-average surf and an enhanced risk of rip currents through that period.

Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday, leaving widespread destruction in its wake.

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