Hurricane Maria is finally starting to approach the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Conditions are expected to deteriorate through the next 48 hours with her approach. Storm surge will be a big issue with Maria and is expected to be between 1-5’ depending on proximity to the coast and sounds. The northeast coast of South Carolina will also see storm surge of 2-4’ with less further south. Below is maps of the expected storm surge and current tropical watches and warnings.
Please do not take this lightly as Maria could have been much worse but the storm surge in itself can take a lot of people by surprise. Gusts could reach 60mph or more on the Outer Banks and extreme Eastern North Carolina. Inland expect some gusty conditions but it should stay below tropical storm force for inland areas. However, some gusts even inland may get as strong as 39mph and this could cause some isolated power outages.
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