Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic should watch Maria

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Assuming Maria continues heading north at 15km/h, it will pass within 150 to 250km of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Maria is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 miles per hour, but a turn toward the north is expected by tonight.

As forecast models show Hurricane Maria shifting west, there are concerns as to whether the hurricane will impact the Carolinas.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).

Should Maria fail to slow its forward speed during the middle of next week, then it would be an indication that steering winds are going to whisk the hurricane in a northeasterly direction, well offshore of the U.S. A chance of showers and a few storms will increase Friday into Saturday ahead of the cold front before sunny, dry conditions return for Sunday.

"The cone of uncertainty could push it towards North Carolina and even parts of the Northeast".

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Ahead of the storm passing us, winds out of the east are pushing deep tropical moisture over South Florida.

"Maria's forecast track has shifted closer to the US east coast, and it is becoming increasingly likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast next week", the Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update said.

Small craft should exercise caution when venturing outside of intercoastal waterways.

All land and sea interests throughout the western Atlantic from the U.S.to Canada and Bermuda should closely monitor the progress of Maria through next week.

The hurricane has brought additional damage on a British overseas territory.

Rip currents are powerful narrow channels of fast-flowing water that can often be found along beaches and around headlands.

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