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Maria: Winds near tropical storm force; waves at 12 to 15 feet

Maria: Winds near tropical storm force; waves at 12 to 15 feet

A tropical storm warning for the Outer Banks was discontinued and Maria was expected to accelerate east-northeast on Thursday and Friday, moving away from the US coast.

"We encourage all Ocracoke visitors to leave as soon as possible Monday", said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas.

Hurricane Lee is much smaller than Maria, but also better organized. Ocracoke has a population of about 1,000 residents. There will be a period of moderate coastal flooding and significant beach erosion along the Outer Banks and southeastern Virginia coast.

Map of the surface wind field of Tropical Storm Maria on September 26, 2017.

It was the third major hurricane to affect the United States in less than a month, following Harvey in Texas and Irma, which ranked as the most powerful Atlantic storm on record before thrashing several Caribbean islands and Florida.

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The Outer Banks won't see ideal conditions but they are still much improved over earlier in the week - and Hatteras Island is back open for business too.

Storm Surge Watch for Cape Hatteras to Duck. But Pearson said officials think between 10,000 and 12,500 people have left the island ahead of the storm. Lee still spins in the Atlantic, while Maria moves risky close, flirting with collision.

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Officials in Dare and Hyde counties hoped to be able to make a decision Thursday on lifting the evacuation order imposed for visitors Monday as the storm approached. Lee is not a threat to the U.S.

(Original article) MIAMI - Hurricane Maria is continuing north as it passes by the North Carolina coast over the Atlantic Tuesday.

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The tail end of Maria is about 24 hours behind Lee, another tropical storm which is heading in the same direction.

Water also began washing on Tuesday across sections of N.C. 12, the only road to and from Hatteras Island.

Maria has re-strengthened as a Category 1 hurricane, with 75 mph winds, more 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras.

After passing this region, Maria is expected to turn off to the northeast and move quickly away from the East Coast.

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