Maria Forecast Track Moves West; Tropical Storm Force Wind Probabilities Increase

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Maria is forecast to be a category 1 hurricane by mid-week, off the coast of North Carolina.

The storm, which devastated Puerto Rico, and tore across other Caribbean island already ripped apart by Hurricane Irma, is travelling northwards.

11 a.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria's winds have weakened to 115 miles per hour as it continues moving north northeast at 8 miles per hour.

Maria is expected to continue north then veer east.

"(On Thursday) Maria is still a little offshore but close enough that we'll have to be anxious about any deviations in that track, and (we could) still get some direct impacts from wind and higher water and a lot of surf and rip current and so forth on into the mid-week period", Moss said. Forecast models have responded by shifting Maria's track to the west "and several of the global models are now calling for Maria to come close enough to the U.S. East Coast to cause direct impacts before the system recurves", the hurricane center said. Jose is expected to meander off the East Coast, its center approximately 300 miles due south of the ME shoreline, for the next several days, according to the National Weather Service.

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Forecasters think Maria will be weakened by wind shear and cold water stirred up by former Hurricane Jose earlier this week.

Forecasters are giving the blob of showers and thunderstorms a 40 percent chance of development over five days and a 30 percent chance over two days.

There's also another named storm in the Atlantic, far to the east of Maria.

Conditions on Friday called for some clouds and wind - vestiges of Jose, which once was a tropical storm.

But make the most of it because the remnants of Hurricane Maria will sweep across the Atlantic to form Storm Brian. "But there's a little more spread in all of that than there had been the last couple of days".

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