Maria could become Cat 1 hurricane, come close to NC

Posted September 9, 2011

— Tropical Storm Maria is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane next week and could come close to North Carolina's coast, according to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center's forecast models show the storm passing east of the U.S., but Moss says it's still important to pay attention to the storm.

"It’s a close enough call right now that we’ll need to continue to watch that and see how that track progresses," he said. "It’s not looking like a real well-organized system just yet, but it may get a little bit stronger over the next few days."

Maria was more than 2,100 miles from Raleigh Friday morning and is expected to pass to the north of the Bahamas next Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

The National Hurricane Center says Maria's maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph early Friday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for a host of islands: Antigua, Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, St. Maartin, Saba and St. Eustatius.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Barthelemy, St. Marteen, Martinique, Dominica, and Puerto Rico including Vieques and Culebra.

Meanwhile, Nate has prompted a tropical storm warning on Mexico's coast from Chilitepec to Celestun. Nate's winds are near 65 mph, and the storm could become a hurricane.


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  • jblake1932 Sep 9, 2011

    Not even a chance. These guys need to watch ther Nat. Hurricane Center's forecast to get a grip on this thing! Then again, the hype will help the grocery stores! :( And, they need something to tidy themselves over with, HA HA HA!!

  • anne53ozzy Sep 9, 2011

    All of you have the option to go elsewhere for your weather news and stats. Stop whining...Move on if you do not like what you are reading.

  • kampercam Sep 9, 2011

    Another thing. NWS/NHC never said or showed "Cat 1 Hurricane, come close to NC" So WRAL is personally responsible for creating a story and increase in viewers due to their own METS opinions. Don't listen to me though, I'm just an ordinary message board poster with no job. When we at NHC show this storm approaching Bermuda lets see what WRAL METS say then. As stated before, this storm will be out to Sea like Katia. Only difference is this storm isn't happening during a holiday weekend. Can you imagine if this MET at WRAL said this statement for Katia. Talk about a flooded email inbox!

  • Wilmington_North Carolina Sep 9, 2011

    Are you Triangle folks getting worked up over this storm?? Check out all the NWS/NHC model runs and rest easy...sure not worried here in Wilm. WRAL is not displaying all the info.

  • vraptor Sep 9, 2011

    Hum. Let's see if I can see the small print on these pictures. If our supercomputers cannot predict a hurricane 2 days out; how can we predict weather 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100 years in the future??? Guber Wurming.

    Quick. Lets repair the sand bar called the outer banks so it can be destroyed again...

  • RomneyRyan2012 Sep 9, 2011

    wish I could say the same thing about PBO, that he's only coming close to NC!!

  • geosol Sep 9, 2011

    Hmmmmm..... who should we listen to? Trained and experienced meteorologists with access to massive technological resources or some little right wing weather trolls on a TV website comment board. Tough call. NOT!!!

  • Screw WrAl Sep 9, 2011

    and in other news, the world is still round.

    another do nothing storm.

  • sayitoutloud Sep 9, 2011

    Glad im heading to the coast this weekend and not next

  • JennyB Sep 9, 2011

    I dunno man... I live in JoCo and we had full-sized trees blow over with Irene. I don't want to see what it would look like with anything stronger. lol