Hurricane Maria may be coming for North Carolina and Virginia

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles.

However, forecasters are emphasising that this outlook is only one of many possibilities, and they will be monitoring the developments of Hurricane Maria closely over the next several days.

The National Hurricane Center urged the Carolinas to monitor Hurricane Maria, now a Category 2 storm, as it paralleled the East Coast Sunday.

Swells from Maria will affect the southeastern coast of the United States, causing rip currents and life-threatening surf through the weekend.

Panovich says by the time it reaches the Outer Banks, Maria should either be a weak hurricane or a strong tropical storm. He said. "Especially if Maria glances closer to the USA north-east coast and moves more slowly".

"It is likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast by midweek", the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Sunday.

Maria is expected to maintain its status as a hurricane through at least Thursday, when it is predicted that the storm will carry sustained winds of 74 miles per hour.

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As of writing on Sunday, Sept. 24, there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

"Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 36 to 48 hours and Lee could be near major hurricane strength on Monday", the NHC said.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria was moving away from the Turks and Caicos Islands late Friday afternoon and was staying generally east of the Bahamas.

While the cone of uncertainty presently interacts with the northern part of the North Carolina coast as well as the Virginia and Maryland coasts, the storm poses no direct threat to SC, though it is already producing coastal effects that are being felt throughout the area, including a high rip current risk, large waves, choppy surf and higher tides.

4 p.m. UPDATE: The death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is now at least 10.

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  • Megan Austin