Update 11 a.m.: Hurricane Maria's forecast track has shifted slightly closer to the US coastline with the most western edge of the cone skimming offshore of the Outer Banks.
No part of the Virginia coastline is predicted to face steady, tropical storm-force winds, but gusts could get as high as 30 or 35 miles per hour from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague. Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Watches have been issued for portions of North Carolina's coast and the Outer Banks. "Further weakening is likely at midweek". This could lead to some power outages or downed trees.
The recent warm spell is forecast to continue through this upcoming week, with no rain in sight. Coastal areas will continue to see overcast skies as high clouds from Maria stream in. This will prolong the period of onshore winds, which push water toward the coast. "However, a landfall isn't needed to have significant problems along the beach".
At this level, low-lying roads and bridges on the islands will take on water.
Hyde County officials on Sunday ordered a mandatory evacuation of visitors to Ocracoke Island, effective at 5 a.m. Monday. "Then as it starts to veer out towards the east it's going to come into blocking mechanisms".
First Warn Storm Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says the hurricane's shift will mean the Outer Banks will be under a greater threat for "some tropical storm force conditions". Weak tree limbs could be snapped. 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.
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.
"No models show it making landfall in SC".
Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. For a daily rip current forecast go to http://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx. A tropical storm warning was issued Monday morning for Dare County and most of the rest of the North Carolina coast. "The rip currents will be building in strength all week and through the weekend and the height of the breaking waves will build as well".