Maria is now a tropical storm.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) September 26, 2017
The tropical storm’s maximum sustained winds weakened to 70 miles per hour. It’s central pressure is 974 mb and it continues to move north at 7 mph.
Maria is expected to continue northward and then gradually turn northeast Wednesday before taking a more easterly track Thursday.
The center of Maria will pass east of the coast of North Carolina during over the next day or so, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says. High surf and strong winds are already being seen along the North Carolina coast.
Satellite and hurricane hunter aircraft observations indicated that Maria’s structure has changed considerably since Sunday.
The NHC says some slight weakening is forecasted during the next day or two.