Death toll from Hurricane Maria keeps rising

Death toll from Hurricane Maria keeps rising

Death toll from Hurricane Maria keeps rising

Residents along the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts should be monitoring the progress of the storm very closely.

The hurricane - now a Category 3 storm with 115 miles per hour winds, as of midday Saturday - is tracking north between high pressure over the Atlantic Ocean and low-pressure over the Gulf of Mexico.

Like its predecessor, Hurricane Jose, Maria is likely to increase swell along the coast, which, in turn, will generate large surf and risky rip currents.

Hurricane Maria is moving away from the Bahamas on Saturday.

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The hurricane center said Saturday that tropical storm or hurricane watches may be needed for a portion of the Carolinas or Mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday.

As of the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. update, Hurricane Maria's track has shifted as it has turned north, and now some parts of the USA eastern seaboard fall within its cone of uncertainty. It could actually be increasing for parts of the East Coast.

"You could see increased risk of rip currents through early next week", said Blair Holloway, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston.

No, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Millions of people in the Caribbean are still reeling from Hurricane Maria's devastation.

Panovich says by the time it reaches the Outer Banks, Maria should either be a weak hurricane or a strong tropical storm.

Forecasters think Maria will be weakened by wind shear and cold water stirred up by former Hurricane Jose earlier this week.

HURRICANE LEE (NO THREAT TO LAND): Lee is now moving southeast, and is expected to make a full loop before turning to the northeast.

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Moving into the Atlantic Ocean, about 900 miles east of Bermuda, we have Tropical Storm Lee. A turn to the north is expected, but the Hurricane Center says the storm will slow down considerably, creating greater uncertainty on where it will head after three days.

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