Maria triggers Tropical Storm Watch for parts of ENC; storm loses more strength

NEW BERN, Craven County - It's looking more and more like Hurricane Maria will impact a portion of Eastern North Carolina. The only questions is how strong will the storm be and how close to the coast will it get.

Maria continues to lose strength as it moves more to the north. According to the National Hurricane Center, it has dropped down to 85 mph, making it a Category 1 storm. Wind speeds were as high as 115 earlier Sunday.

A northward motion as well as some decreased forward speed is expected through Monday night. Swells generated by Maria are increasing along portions of he southeastern United States coast and Bermuda and will be increasing along the Mid-Atlantic coast later today. Swells also continue to affect Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the northern coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.

As of the National Hurricane Center's 2 a.m. Monday report, Maria has the 85 mph winds. It's at 30.2° north and 73.0° west. It is now 380 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. The storm is moving north at 7 mph.

The next report will be at 5 am. Monday.

Tropical Storm Watch in effect for:

-- Surf City northward to the North Carolina/Virginia border

-- Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds

Storm Surge Watch in effect for:

-- Cape Lookout to Duck


Severe impact timing

Rip current status for the weekend


Lee Intensifies into a Hurricane 

Lee remains a Category 1 hurricane.

At 11 p.m. Sunday, Lee was at 31.1° north and 49.5° west, about 900 miles east of Bermuda and is 1,360 miles west-southwest of the Azores. Its winds are now at 90 mph and is moving southeast at 3 mph. There are currently no watches or warnings for the system.

A turn toward the southwest or west-southwest is expected by late Monday.

The next report on Lee and Maria will be at 5 a.m. Monday

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