Maria downgraded to tropical storm

Oct 03, 2017, 00:42
Maria downgraded to tropical storm

Maria weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday as it continued to move away from the U.S.

A man carries water in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Sep.

National Hurricane Center reports Maria regains strength and becomes hurricane again off North Carolina.

Maria was briefly downgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday, before restrengthening into a Category One hurricane earlier today (Wednesday September 27).

Hyde County commissioners ordered the evacuation on the island still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Jose.

Tropical storms Maria and Lee are racing far out into the Atlantic and pose no threat to land. Gibbs said officials think there are about 700 visitors on the island, which has a year-round population of about 1,000 residents.

However, they are not expected to bring severe conditions with them.

As of the 7 p.m. CDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the eye of Hurricane Maria was located about 375 miles east-southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas and was moving north-northwest at 9 mph. Wave heights along the shore will increase during the next few days, creating risky surf and increased chances of rip currents. Storm surge between 2 feet and 4 feet is expected, mostly north of Cape Hatteras.

Winds had reached up to 70 miles per hour Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

All hurricane warnings were dropped on Friday, but a tropical storm warning was in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands, the southeastern Bahamas and the central Bahamas.

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