Although it's not now predicted to make landfall along the coast, Maria is the third hurricane to affect the United States in the last month.
The National Hurricane Center forecast cone that we show on WECT products is the official and best resource for storm intensity and track information.
Hurricane-force winds extend up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-force winds are outward up to 35 miles. Those on the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts are warned to monitor the storm's progress.
Depending on how close Maria ends up being to the coast, the slow movement and long duration may enhance impacts significantly to the Outer Banks, and probabilities for tropical storm force winds have increased slightly across the area since Saturday's briefing.
It was centered about 475 miles (765 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina before noon Sunday. Forecasters do not expect Maria to gain strength in the next 48 hours, and will likely weaken by Monday. Either way, beaches up and down the east coast will experience risky surf and ocean conditions from Maria.
LEE (NO THREAT TO LAND): Lee became a tropical storm, again, late Friday.
Three people were killed yesterday in Haiti as heavy rains associated with the powerful Hurricane Maria which lashed sections of the country.
Hurricane Maria, which caused massive damage and dozens of casualties in numerous Caribbean countries is now moving into the open Atlantic, away from the region.
Hurricane Maria, which ravaged Puerto Rico last week, is growing weaker as it moves north. It also hammered the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.