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Hurricane Maria losing strength as it moves north

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Hurricane Maria has weakened slightly as the storm moves further north, according to the National Hurricane Center.

However, the storm will still be generating bigger waves and dangerous conditions along the coastline.

The latest advisory shows Maria has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and is moving at 8 mph, making it a Category 1 storm.

The National Hurricane Center says tropical storm and storm surge watches have been issued for a portion of the coast of North Carolina. People living along the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts should monitor the progress of Maria.

Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, beginning Tuesday along with a 2-4' storm surge.

Locally, we'll feel Maria's Northeast Swell through Wednesday. Seas off the Palm Beach Co. coast will build as high as 6-8' with 8-10' seas off the Treasure Coast. Large waves will cause dangerous swimming conditions, a high rip current risk and beach erosion.

Hurricane Lee continues to meander in the Central Atlantic, 1870 miles away from West Palm Beach. Top winds: 90 mph.

Lee will execute a loop, eventually turning Northeast into the North Atlantic.


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