Lee becomes 5th major hurricane this season

Warm until late week, Hurricane Maria stays offshore

- North Carolina's Outer Banks are bracing for the effects of Tropical Storm Maria, even though the storm is expected to pass the state at least 150 miles offshore. "We do not expect Maria to regain hurricane status".

Meteorologists are now watching the progress of hurricanes Lee and Maria as they take curved tracks across the North Atlantic.

But first Maria. The National Hurricane Center expected Maria to head to the east and pick up speed over the next few days. The hurricane is already being affected by wind shear, and the hurricane center said it will also track over cooler waters that were stirred up by former Hurricane Jose.

Residents after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. The storm was predicted to erode more than half the dunes along North Carolina's 300-mile coast, while Maryland and Virginia could see two-thirds of their coasts eroded, according to the Associated Press. Wave heights along the shore will increase during the next few days, creating unsafe surf and increased chances of rip currents.

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Lee briefly strengthened to a Category 3 storm on Wednesday, which made it the fifth major hurricane in the Atlantic this year.

Up to 4 feet of storm surge flooding could swamp areas from Cape Lookout to Duck, including the sound side of the Outer Banks, the hurricane center warned.

As of Thursday morning it had a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression by next week.

However, they are not expected to bring severe conditions with them. This is time period when tropical-storm force winds and perhaps hurricane-force gusts, heavy rain, and coastal flooding are most likely.

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