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Maria Weakens to a Tropical Storm (Again)

28 Sep 2017, 9:46 am

After weakening to a tropical storm Tuesday but then returning to hurricane status Wednesday, Maria is once again losing strength and is now a tropical storm once again. The cyclone is located well out to sea, about 365 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, NC and nearly 400 miles northwest of Bermuda. Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles from the center and are currently well offshore.

Swells generated by Maria are affecting much of the Eastern Seaboard, Atlantic Canada, and Bermuda. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. A High Surf Advisory continues in most of the coastal Northeast.

Maria is now situated on the north side of a strong deep-layer high pressure ridge located in the Central Atlantic Ocean. The cyclone is expected to move easterly into tomorrow along the northern edge of the ridge. Afterwards, Maria is forecast to get caught up in west-southwesterly flow ahead of an approaching storm system and deep trough that is currently located over the Great Lakes region. This will cause the storm to accelerate toward the east-northeast and well away from land, into the North Atlantic Ocean.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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