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Trevor Jackson
September 25, 2017

For the next several days, this storm will continue moving north.

Confidence is "high" that Hurricane Maria will have no impacts in SC, even as the powerful storm continues to churn out in the Atlantic.

It was centered about 475 miles (765 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina before noon Sunday.

"Maria is not causing the rain directly, but is helping create the winds bringing the rain in from the sea, and Maria's closeness is stirring up the ocean", News 6 weather anchor Danny Treanor said.

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After reaching the top intensity rating in the Caribbean earlier this week, Hurricane Maria is weaker but heading north on an uncertain track that could lead to a tropical storm or hurricane watch here as soon as Sunday, the National Hurricane Center says.

SURF: Swells generated by Maria are increasing along portions of the southeastern United States coast and Bermuda and will be increasing along the Mid-Atlantic coast later today. Swells generated by Maria still could produce life-threatening surf and rip currents along the southeastern US and Bermuda, forecasters said.

Dare and Hyde Counties now have the potential for tropical storms force winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour starting on Monday, and the coastline will also see continued unsafe ocean conditions throughout the week. The rain forecast from Maria is now 1-3 inches, and moderate ocean overwash in vulnerable areas is probable with the potential for 1-3 feet of inundation above ground from coastal flooding.

Hurricane force winds extend 60 miles out from the center of the hurricane. Tropical storm force winds extended out as far as 80 miles (120 kilometers) in some directions. The storm is now a Tropical Depression and is expected to remain over open waters and pose no threats to land.

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