Will Hurricane Maria Hit North Carolina?

Warm until late week, Hurricane Maria stays offshore

Puerto Rico, which was slammed by Maria on Wednesday, could also get an additional 1-3 inches of rain, which could exacerbate flooding there and hinder recovery efforts.

Hurricane Maria was moving away from the Bahamas on Friday night on a path that should keep it away from land.

Winds from Hurricane Jose reached 155 miles per hour in early September before passing north of the Leeward Islands and staying off the coast of the eastern United States, according to The Weather Channel.

The forecasters said these systems have decayed to a relatively large extent by the time they enter our latitudes, but their remnants still contain air of tropical origin, which can still exert an influence on the weather in the north-east Atlantic, including the UK.

"However, tropical storm conditions are expected to continue along portions of the North Carolina coast through this afternoon".

Neither system is expected to impact Southwest Florida, WINK meteorologist Matt Devitt said. "However, it is important to say that any weather impacts will be very different from those experienced in the Caribbean". "Our waters are far too cool to sustain an actual hurricane".

That makes Lee a top-end Category 2 hurricane.

Forecaster Hannah Findley said the storms were unlikely to merge into one large superstorm meaning the United Kingdom would escape the worst of the bad weather.

Officials expected conditions to improve quickly Thursday on the Outer Banks as Maria raced east, so schools could reopen, sand could be removed from roads and the ferries that provide access to Ocracoke Island can begin running again.

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