GREENSBORO, NC --
There are three named systems in the Atlantic we're tracking: Jose, Lee, & Maria.
Hurricane Jose is creeping closer in the Atlantic. It won't hit North Carolina directly, but it will make a close pass to the Outer Banks, and beach-goers should take notice.
By tonight into Monday, the storm won't be all that far off the Carolina coast. The center of Jose is likely to pass less than 200 miles east of the Outer Banks. It will chug along northward on Tuesday, and could be a close call for New England.
What does it mean for the North Carolina beaches? Strong rip currents will be felt at the beaches beginning this weekend. Large waves will grow in height day by day as well, which could make for dangerous swimming at times.
If the storm tracks close enough, it's possible that a few outer rain bands with gusty winds could be felt along the Outer Banks on Monday. A direct landfall is extremely unlikely and is not expected.
In addition to Jose, Tropical Storms Lee & Maria are also out in the Atlantic.Tropical Depression Lee will likely fizzle out over the next few days.
Maria became a hurricane Sunday afternoon. It is moving into a favorable environment for intensification. It will gain strength quickly as it moves towards islands in the Caribbean that were recently impacted by Irma. It will approach Puerto Rico Tuesday PM into Wednesday AM, likely as a major hurricane. From there, it'll approach the Bahamas by late next week. It's still to soon to say what, if any, impacts Maria will have on the lower 48.
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