Latest track keeps Hurricane Maria off coast, then out to sea

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The hurricane center said forecast models agree on this general scenario but differ on the timing and location of that curve. Apparently, all we had to do was to flip the calendar to accomplish that feat.

Harrisburg saw a high of 86 yesterday, which is 13 degrees above normal. I believe we will see less rain and wind than our coverage region saw from Jose. Look for clear skies to continue tonight with dew points staying high making things feel quite muggy.

You'll also notice on the map above that there's a little upper-level low over the southeast.

Highs hit 90 in some places Sunday!

"We never expected to have a lot of debris in so many areas". But the season doesn't end until November, so more storms are likely to arise. Highs will be in the middle 80s. Lee became a hurricane again Sunday morning and could even strengthen into a Category 2 storm early this week.

At 5 p.m. the National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the coast of North Carolina from Surf City northward to the North Carolina/Virginia border, including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.




Forecasters say Hurricane Maria is causing unsafe surf and rip currents along the East Coast of the US after the storm devastated Puerto Rico. The footprint of destruction from Maria is likely many times worse in Puerto Rico and Dominica, when the hurricane was a Category 5 storm with winds over 170 miles per hour. It is tracking off to the north-northwest.

"There are a range of outcomes and we need to monitor them in coming days".

As we head into early next week, Jose will be dead and there won't be much of a strong steering current around, so Maria will slow down and move gradually north. The cold front and trough with the jet stream won't just sweep Maria away however.

Temperatures will finally feel more seasonable and cooler with lower humidity by Sunday - right on time for the start of October. Better late than never!

ELSEWHERE IN THE TROPICS: Lee has roared back to life over the weekend and now operates as a hurricane east of Bermuda.

NHC forecaster Dan Brown said Lee will be near major hurricane strength within the next 24 to 36 hours but "late in the period decreasing sea surface temperatures and increasing shear should impart a weakening trend".

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