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Hurricane Maria triggers storm warnings for NC coast

Hurricane Maria triggers storm warnings for NC coast”

The state emergency management agency tweeted that "the greatest impacts" from Maria would come late Tuesday and last through early Thursday. It holds back a man-made lake covering about 2 square miles (5 square kilometers).

The large swells from Maria are extending far beyond the wind and rain.

A record three Category 4 hurricanes have hit the USA since Harvey came ashore in Texas on August 25, causing an estimated $170 billion damage, according to Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. That brings the total French military presence to 2,000 people. "It's way, way too unsafe to even think about swimming".

The constant northerly wind and storm surge could also cause beach erosion.

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

Tropical storm and storm surge watches were issued Sunday evening (Sept 24.) for parts of North Carolina's coast as Hurricane Maria continues to move north, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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The Atlantic hurricane season will end on November 30.

The National Hurricane Center reported torrential winds and high waves continued along the northeast coast of Hispaniola. But areas along the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts should monitor the progress of Maria.

As a result, Maria's circulation center should remain well east of the Southeast U.S. coast during the next five days as it moves northward.

Morning fog will be possible daily.

The storm is about 285 miles (460 kilometers) east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The center said it expected the storm to weaken further by Monday night or Tuesday but would remain a storm packing a powerful punch.

Puerto Rico's government called the storm the worst in a century.

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That number includes two police officers who drowned in floodwaters in the western town of Aguada. Flights out of San Juan began only Sunday.

Officials say the humanitarian crisis is growing as towns are left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service.

Residents working on their roof in badly damaged neighborhood are seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying the aftermath from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on September 21, 2017.

Jose Sanchez Gonzalez, the mayor of the north coastal town of Manati, says he needs basic supplies such as water, ice and gas immediately. Wind, rough surf and storm surge possible as early as Tuesday for those areas.

Although Maria's eye has grown ragged, the National Hurricane Center said it is keeping the intensity at 125 miles per hour pending information from upcoming hurricane hunter flights into the storm.

The storm slammed Puerto Rico last week, killing at least 10 people on the island.

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