Hurricane Maria weakens as it moves north in Atlantic

Warm until late week, Hurricane Maria stays offshore

However, the wind field with the system is expansive, and some tropical storm conditions are likely for a good chunk of the North Carolina coast from later Tuesday into Thursday morning.

Hurricane Maria is a category 1 storm with winds speeds of 80 miles per hour. It was moving north at 7 miles per hour.

It's getting easier to leave Puerto Rico, where more than 3.4 million USA citizens still lack adequate food, water and fuel five days after Maria pounded the island as a Category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Maria could take a bite out of coastal North Carolina on Tuesday, with waves rising between 14 to 20 feet, forecasters said Sunday. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Surf City, North Carolina, to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and from the North Carolina-Virginia state line to Duck, North Carolina.

While Maria crippled parts of the Caribbean, it has delivered a long lasting swell event to the US East Coast and others around the Western Atlantic.

They warned risky rip currents were possible in the ocean for the rest of the week. It also hammered the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.

Along with gusty winds, rip currents will impact a large area of the East Coast, Chinchar said. The power is still out on almost all the island after Hurricane Maria smashed poles, snarled power lines and flooded electricity-generating plants, knocking out a grid that was already considered antiquated compared to the USA mainland.

At least 10 people on the island have been confirmed killed by the storm, according to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's office.

Officials in Hyde County also issued a mandatory evacuation order for visitors on Ocracoke Island, beginning at 5 a.m. Monday.

The Tropical Storm Warning has been extended southward to Bogue Inlet and the Tropical Storm Watch has been discontinued west of Bogue Inlet.

The center remained far offshore, centered about 160 miles (260 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and moving north at 7 mph (11 kph).

Coastal flooding caused issues then, and there are some concerns for tropical storm conditions hitting the Outer Banks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Maria is about 205 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras on Wednesday evening with 65kt sustained winds.

While no direct impacts are expected locally, very unsafe beach conditions will develop today and linger through Tuesday.

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