Mandatory evacuation for Ocracoke visitors in advance of Maria

Warm until late week, Hurricane Maria stays offshore

The hurricane center said Monday that gradual weakening was expected over the next couple of days.

Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Watches have been issued for portions of North Carolina's coast and the Outer Banks.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for visitors on Ocracoke.

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Meanwhile water and food rations are improving, and telecommunications have been restored to about 30 per cent of the island. Will hopefully be able to stop at the U.S.

Individuals in the states which could be afffected have been warned of potentially risky weather conditions, like rip tides, and the storm is being monitored carefully to track its progess. Rain amounts of 1 to 3 inches are projected for northeastern North Carolina and about a tenth of an inch is expected in Pitt County, he said.

As of 8 a.m. ET, the center of Maria was located about 190 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. It was moving to the north at 7 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast from Surf City northward to the state's Virginia border including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

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While it won't make proper landfall, Maria is the third hurricane to affect the United States in recent weeks, after Harvey and Irma.

There is a storm surge watch from Cape Lookout to Duck including the sound side of the Outer banks. Weather models then show the storm quickly turning east and moving away from the area.

Though the storm is well offshore, large swells are rolling onshore along much of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts because of Maria.

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In another tweet, he blamed "Fake News CNN and NBC" for going out of their way "to disparage our great First responders". Mr Trump has said that Hurricane Maria "totally destroyed" the island and left it with "no electric, roads, phones etc".

With the system lingering along our coast, we now expect several days of high surf, rip currents, possible coastal flooding and potential coastal erosion.

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