Most watches, warnings end as Maria moves further away from NC


NEW BERN, Craven County - Hurricanes Maria and Lee are now way off in the Atlantic Ocean. So it's no surprise we have another possible system in our neck of the woods.

Maria continues to move away from North Carolina as conditions begin to return to normal. Hurricane Lee is doing the same and will eventually head north like Maria.

On top of that, we have a tropical disturbance just south of Cuba that currently has a 10 percent chance of cyclone formation. The National Hurricane Center says the system is forecast to move slowly north-northwest across Cuba and the Straits of Florida during the next day or so. Some development is possible and it will likely bring more rain and wind to the impacted areas.

The 11 p.m. notice from the NHC still has Maria at 75 mph. It currently at 36.8° north and 71.5° west. It is now 250 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras. The storm is moving north-northeast at 7 mph.

All Tropical Storm Warnings have been discontinued across all portions of Eastern NC, according to the National Weather Service in Morehead City/Newport. The NWS also reports lingering swells will produce dangerous surf and the threat of rip currents continues.

The next report will be at 5 a.m. Thursday.

All Tropical Storm Warnings have been discontinued across all portions of ENC. Conditions will gradually improve tonight through Friday.

-- NWS Newport/Morehead (@NWSMoreheadCity) September 28, 2017


Rip current status for Thursday


Lee remains Category 3 storm

Lee is down to a strong Category 2 storm and is expected to weaken a bit more over the next 24 hours as wind shears begin to take it apart.

At 11 p.m. Wednesday, Lee was at 31.7° north and 57.3° west, about 440 miles east of Bermuda and about 1,765 miles west of the Azores. Its winds are now at 110 mph and is moving north-northwest at 7 mph. There are currently no watches or warnings for the system.

The hurricane should turn to the north on Thursday and accelerate to the northeast on Friday.

The next report on Lee will be at 5 a.m. Thursday.

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