Hurricane Maria could hit United Kingdom at weekend, forecasters say

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The impending effects from Maria forced mandatory evacuations of visitors in Ocracoke Island and Hatteras Island as well as the closure of the Ocracoke Campground.

According to the tweet, the evacuation order will go into effect at 5 a.m. Monday morning. Tropical storm force winds of 45 miles per hour and gusts up to 60 miles per hour are expected along the coast beginning Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night.

The NHC is forecasting the area of the coast from Cape Lookout to Duck, including the sound side of the Outer Banks, to receive up to 2-4 feet of storm surge.

The Category 1 storm weakened Monday and became less organized overnight as it moved north into waters cooled by Tropical Storm Jose. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will pass east of the coast of North Carolina during the next couple of days.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Bogue Inlet to the NC/VA border.

As the storm tracks into the North Atlantic at the end of September, some of Maria's rain and wind could brush part of Atlantic Canada.

Maria is a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. The center said it expected the storm to weaken further by Monday night or Tuesday but would remain a storm packing a powerful punch.

As of the last advisory from the hurricane center, at 7 a.m. CDT, Hurricane Maria was located about 190 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and was moving north at 7 mph.

Across the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, tropical storms have killed at least 100.

According to Moss, the chance for severe weather is greatest late Tuesday into Wednesday, and rip currents and beach erosion could continue through Thursday.

The center of storm is 300 miles SSE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Before leaving, however, Maria is forecast to leave some impact.

The chief of police in Dominica says the confirmed death toll has risen to 27 from Hurricane Maria's strike on the Caribbean island.

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