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Tropical Storm Maria Intermediate Advisory Number 44A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL152017
200 AM EDT Wed Sep 27 2017
...SUSTAINED TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS OCCURRING ON PORTIONS OF THE
NORTH CAROLINA OUTER BANKS...
SUMMARY OF 200 AM EDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 145 MI...235 KM E OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70 MPH...110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 5 MPH...7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...976 MB...28.82 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Hatteras
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Bogue Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border
* Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* Cape Lookout to west of Ocracoke Inlet
* North of Cape Hatteras to Duck
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline in
the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please
see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic,
available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation.
Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions
to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for
other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other
instructions from local officials.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-
threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the
coastline in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at
risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge
Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Maria was
located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft near
latitude 34.8 North, longitude 73.0 West. Maria is slowing down and
is now moving toward the north near 5 mph (7 km/h). A turn toward
the north-northeast is expected later today, and a turn toward the
east-northeast is anticipated on Thursday. On the forecast track,
the center of Maria will pass east of the coast of North Carolina
during the next day or so.
Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher
gusts. Some slight weakening is forecast during the next day or
Maria is a large tropical storm. Tropical-storm-force winds extend
outward up to 230 miles (370 km) from the center. The United
States Coast Guard station at Hatteras, North Carolina, recently
reported a sustained wind of 39 mph (63 km/h) and gust to 47 mph
The minimum central pressure estimated from Air Force Hurricane
Hunter aircraft observations is 976 mb (28.82 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning
area through today.
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water is
expected to reach the following heights above ground if the peak
surge occurs at the time of high tide...
Cape Lookout to Duck including the sound side of the Outer
Banks...2 to 4 ft
Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge
and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For
information specific to your area, please see products issued by
your local National Weather Service forecast office.
RAINFALL: Maria is expected to produce additional rain
accumulations of less than 1 inch, and storm total amounts less than
2 inches, over the Outer Banks of North Carolina and far southeast
Virginia through tonight.
SURF: Large swells generated by Maria are affecting much of the
east coast of the United States. These swells are also affecting
Bermuda, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas and are
likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Please consult products from your local weather office for more
Next complete advisory at 500 AM EDT.