Maria, as of Wednesday, is a Tropical Storm churning off to the east of North Carolina and Virginia. As the storm moved over the cooler water and ingested some dry air, the system started to weaken. Maria currently has winds at 70 mph and is slowly moving north at 5 mph.
The storm is weaker but still delivering tropical-storm force winds to the coast and other dangers such as coastal flooding and large swells. High surf and rough waters are an issue up and down the East Coast.
As Maria continues to move north, high surf and dangerous rip currents will continues to be problematic for the next few days as far north as coastal Maine.
The region though getting the worst impacts from Maria is coastal North Carolina. Just about a week ago, the same area was dealing with coastal flooding from Jose as it also spun just off shore.
The main concerns will be the storm surge that will cause more flooding to regions such as the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Even on Tuesday, portions of coastal North Carolina were experiencing flooding and strong winds. Evacuations were ordered Monday, September 25th for the region that is still trying to repair after the effects from Jose just last week.
A cold front will finally move though the Eastern portion of the United States and help to push both Maria and Lee eastward Thursday.