Hurricane Maria Weakens as It Moves North

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According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. update, Maria is a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and is about 595 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

11 a.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria's winds have weakened to 115 miles per hour as it continues moving north northeast at 8 miles per hour.

On the current forecast track, Maria will stay offshore but make its closest approach to the Outer Banks on Wednesday as a Category 1 Storm.

In a manner similar to Hurricane Jose, Maria will drop out of the strong upper-level winds of the jet stream, trapping the storm and preventing its escape out to sea for several days.

Rain rolled into Central Florida Saturday from Hurricane Maria's trek up the Atlantic, along with increasingly unsafe surf and rip currents.

Swells generated by Maria are increasing along portions of the southeastern United States coast and Bermuda and will be increasing along the Mid-Atlantic coast Saturday night and Sunday.

He added: "It's certainly possible that we will get the remains of at least one, if not more, tropical storms and hurricanes between now and the end of November".

Since battering the Turks and Caicos Islands yesterday, Maria has moved away from land, and there are no coastal warnings or watches in effect as of the hurricane center's 8 a.m. update, though residents of the Bahamas are advised to keep an eye on the storm. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

At least 10 people were killed in Puerto Rico, where much of the U.S. territory is without power and many are without water. As such, everyone should prepare for these impacts while they continue to monitor Maria, according to Dare County Emergency Management.

At least 15 people were killed in Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Día‏ newspaper reported.

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