Hurricane Maria Could Cause Dangerous Rip Currents Along East Coast


As of 5 PM Saturday, the storm's maximum sustained winds were at 115 miles an hour, making it a still unsafe Category 3 hurricane.

While Hurricane Maria isn't expected to have a direct impact on SC, it still could cause risky rip currents here, and maybe a bit more to the north of our state.

While the cone of uncertainty presently interacts with the northern part of the North Carolina coast as well as the Virginia and Maryland coasts, the storm poses no direct threat to SC, though it is already producing coastal effects that are being felt throughout the area, including a high rip current risk, large waves, choppy surf and higher tides. This storm has winds of 45 miles per hour and is moving north northwest at 3 miles per hour.

The closest Maria is expected to get to the USA coast will be along North Carolina on Monday night.

Maria is expected to continue north then veer east.

Maria will move away from the Bahamas into the open waters of the western Atlantic Saturday.

But now that ridge of high pressure is forecast to push to the northwest.

The core of the hurricane is expected to remain off the East Coast, but a track closer to the USA may bring some showers and wind to the coastal communities by next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday 21st 11AM
National Hurricane Center

Maria isn't expected to still be a major hurricane when it makes its closest approach to the East Coast.

Forecasters are giving the blob of showers and thunderstorms a 40 percent chance of development over five days and a 30 percent chance over two days.

"And whether the resulting Atlantic depression becomes a named storm will depend of course on the final track over the eastern Atlantic".

Also, way out in the Atlantic Tropical Storm Lee has redeveloped with winds of 45mph.

The hurricane center said Lee is not a threat to land, but that's the only thing that's certain about the small storm.

The weather front ripped across the Caribbean over the past few days, claiming the lives of at least 19 people so far, with many others missing.

So expect temperatures to stay in the lower 90s with heat indices topping out between 95-99° each afternoon.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.