Watching Maria: Tropical storm watch issued for NC coast

THE Atlantic hurricane season is so bad weathermen could run out of storm names - with this year threatening to be the second-worst tropical storm season since records began 166 years ago.

A dam is in danger of collapsing, adding to the crisis.

In addition to Puerto Rico, the storm lashed other Caribbean islands. That brings the total French military presence to 2,000 people.

Chris Austin, head of the UK Task Force, said the region has been "relatively lucky so far" with the impact of Maria.

It also said Defense Minister Florence Parly is ordering a new patrol ship to be permanently stationed in the Caribbean to help with future storms and to fight trafficking.

Hurricane season does not officially end until November 30, and more tropical concerns are expected.

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The hurricane center added a caution on Saturday for those in North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic states to keep an eye on Maria and said "it is becoming increasingly likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast next week".

The National Hurricane Center forecast cone that we show on WECT products is the official and best resource for storm intensity and track information. With significant wave heights peaking at 35-40' on the, expect even more solid swell to impact the East Coast over the coming days.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. The Euro and GFS ensembles show some risk for the Mid Atlantic and especially the Outer Banks as Maria interacts with an upper level low over the southeastern US which essentially tugs it west a bit.

"We do watch as it moves generally north, but then is expected to make a turn to the northeast". Maria will continue to move slowly toward the north over the next few days, making a close pass to the North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic coasts early this week. Jose is a large system, and swells are affecting Bermuda and much of the US east coast.

Maria, which is moving northwest at 7 miles per hour, is forecast to stay far east of Florida. I can't say the same for tomorrow as not only will it be lose to 90 again but the humidity will be higher and it will be an unusually uncomfortable day for late September. It was about 875 miles east of Bermuda and 1,375 miles west of the Azores.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast from Surf City to the North Carolina-Virginia border, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

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