Maria risk to Outer Banks grows; still warm & dry for SW Va

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While the past month has been devastating, the 2017 season doesn't end until November 30 and warm ocean temperatures suggest there are still more storms to come, said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the Colorado State University seasonal hurricane forecast. Rain chances during the week ahead will be nil even with that cold front and a hurricane moving a couple hundred miles off our coast midweek.

TROPICS: Maria is now a category two hurricane and it is slowly moving north across the western Atlantic. It's now 860 miles east of Bermuda, moving south at 3 mph.

The storm, which devastated Puerto Rico, and tore across other Caribbean island already ripped apart by Hurricane Irma, is travelling northwards.

The remnants of Lee moved north and began to redevelop into an organized tropical cyclone this weekend. The intensity of the storm, however, is not expected to change on Saturday but it should weaken beginning on Sunday. A tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of North Carolina including Albemarle, Pamlico Sounds, and the coastline from Cape Lookout to Duck.

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SATURDAY NIGHT: Mainly cloudy. North wind 3 to 8 miles per hour. Forecasters said the storm was weakening as it traveled north at about 9 miles per hour. "Small craft should remain within the protection of intercoastal waterways this week and should remain in port on Tuesday and Wednesday from North Carolina to southeastern Virginia". The overnight low will be 68.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and hot. The heat and humidity returned for a third day on Monday with highs again around or above 90 degrees for much of the area, as we shoot for that rare late-September heat wave. We'll also see a large swing in our high temperatures from the low 90s early in the week to the 60s this weekend. Typically, we would expect a hurricane passing over or near Cape Hatteras to swirl down cooler air with its counterclockwise flow, but in this case, the warm high pressure is building north and northwest of us, so the source of cooler air in Canada is cut off. The high will be near 80, after a morning low of 61.

"The people most able to leave - professionals, middle class - may well choose to leave", Watson said Sunday. Our average high is 74, and we'll hit 91 this afternoon, which is very close to a record high! The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be helping the evacuation efforts early Monday. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smarts phone apps.

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