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Tropical Storm Maria Advisory Number 43
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL152017
500 PM EDT Tue Sep 26 2017
...MARIA CONTINUES TO MOVE SLOWLY NORTHWARD...
SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 160 MI...260 KM ESE OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70 MPH...110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...974 MB...28.77 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 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Maria was
located near latitude 34.1 North, longitude 73.0 West. Maria is
moving toward the north near 7 mph (11 km/h), and this general
motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected through
tonight. A turn toward the north-northeast is expected on
Wednesday, 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 have decreased to near 70 mph (110 km/h)
with higher gusts. Some slight weakening is forecast during the
next day or two.
Maria is a large tropical storm. Tropical-storm-force winds extend
outward up to 230 miles (370 km) from the center. NOAA buoy 41025
located about 15 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras recently reported
a sustained wind of 40 mph (65 km/h) with a gust to 52 mph
(83 km/h). A wind gust to 41 mph (66 km/h) was recently reported
at Manteo, North Carolina.
The latest minimum central pressure reported by a NOAA
reconnaissance aircraft is 974 mb (28.77 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning
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 total rain accumulations
of 1 to 2 inches over the Outer Banks of North Carolina through
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. These
swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current
conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office
for more information.
Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM EDT.
Next complete advisory at 1100 PM EDT.