Jersey to be hit by two ex-hurricanes

Jersey to be hit by two ex-hurricanes

Kerry Wise
October 3, 2017

Storm surge flooding is a strong possibility, especially along the Outer Banks as Maria's slow movement will result in several hours of onshore flow.

A week after devastating Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria has grazed the coast of North Carolina.

Maria is one of three systems being tracked by the National Hurricane Center on Thursday.

Forecasters said that weather systems like Maria often head north out of the tropics, but when hurricanes lose connection with warmer tropical waters they lose their source of energy and weaken rapidly as a result.

That makes Lee a top-end Category 2 hurricane.

The storm is slowly moving northward well offshore in the Atlantic, kicking up large ocean swells along much of the U.S. East Coast.

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Those waves could cause unsafe surf and rip currents along the coast for the next few days.

Lee briefly strengthened to a Category 3 storm on Wednesday, which made it the fifth major hurricane in the Atlantic this year.

"We expect Maria to bring tropical storm conditions, or the equivalent of a moderate nor'easter, in parts of eastern North Carolina and in southeastern Virginia".

Lee is no threat to land and is expected to turn to the northeast and speed away later today.

The hurricane center is monitoring an area of disturbed weather that extends from the northwestern Caribbean to the Bahamas for potential development.

Schools were closed Tuesday in all of Dare County because of expected tropical storm conditions. This is time period when tropical-storm force winds and perhaps hurricane-force gusts, heavy rain, and coastal flooding are most likely.