Hurricane Maria: Mandatory Evacuations Ordered in Parts of N. Carolina

Officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of visitors from a second island along North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Maria approaches.

According to the tweet, the evacuation order will go into effect at 5 a.m. Monday morning.

Forecasters said that weather systems like Maria often head north out of the tropics, but when hurricanes lose connection with warmer tropical waters they lose their source of energy and weaken rapidly as a result.

The National Hurricane Center said Sunday evening that the tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area beginning Tuesday.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Cape Lookout to Duck.

The National Hurricane Center said Maria, a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, will continue to track northward parallel to the coast before making a turn away from land and to the east. She says "it's insane how much the beach has eroded".

The East Coast is bracing for a possible hit from Hurricane Maria, days after the storm caused widespread devastation in the Caribbean.

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Maria brings tropical storm force conditions to the Outer Banks through mid-week.

"Maria remains a large hurricane", the Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. update today.

Residents working on their roof in badly damaged neighborhood are seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying the aftermath from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on September 21, 2017. Gibbs said the effects of the storm surge could begin late Tuesday afternoon. Former Hurricane Jose is to thank for that.

On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move well east of the southeast coast of the United States during the next day or so.

Lifeguards reported 25 water rescues because of rip currents at Wrightsville beach, North Carolina, on Saturday.

It's getting easier to leave Puerto Rico, where more than 3.4 million USA citizens still lack adequate food, water and fuel five days after Maria pounded the island as a Category 4 hurricane. Before leaving, however, Maria is forecast to leave some impact.

The National Hurricane Center has urged those on the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts to monitor the particularly large storm.

  • Sonia Alvarado