Hurricane Maria brought widespread devastation to Puerto Rico and now it is making its way up the U.S. East Coast.
ABC News reports that, in preparation for Maria, an island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is evacuating. Evacuations reportedly began at five a.m. Monday on Ocracoke Island.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning from Cape Lookout to Duck in the Outer Banks.
Although, as CNN.com reports, Hurricane Maria is not expected to make landfall in North Carolina or anywhere on the U.S. East Coast, residents have been warned to brace for dangerous winds, storm surges, and rainfall.
"It is likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast by midweek," said a statement from the National Hurricane Center. A storm surge of two feet is possible, along with high winds.
"Swells generated by Maria are increasing along portions of the southeastern United States coast and Bermuda and will be increasing along the Mid-Atlantic coast later," the Center added, also warning about “life-threatening surf and rip currents.”
Maria has already brought devastation to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. At least 25 people were killed in the storm and thousands remain without power and water.
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Publication date: September 25, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.