Watch Hurricane Maria on Outer Banks, buoy webcams

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Ocracoke and Hatteras islands.

The Hurricane Center says it was centered about 475 miles (765 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina before noon Sunday.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Cape Lookout to Duck.

According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, central North Carolina will not feel the storm's effects, but areas along the coast could endure 8 to 10 foot waves, wind gusts between 40 and 75 miles per hour and up to 3 inches of rain.

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Forecasters said most forecast models agree on this scenario.

As of Tuesday morning Lee was located about 745 miles east of Bermuda and was moving west at 10 mph. Maria is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm Wednesday, as it moves further southeast and out to sea. throughout the week; it's not forecast to make landfall on the US mainland.

A tropical storm watch was upgraded to a warning on Monday for areas from Cape Lookout to Duck, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds. Maria is also expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1-2 inches over the Outer Banks through Wednesday.

Most of the Caribbean island, a US territory with a population of 3.4 million, is still without electricity five days after Maria swept ashore with ferocious winds and torrential rains, the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico for almost a century, Reuters reported. Forecasters said waves from the storm are affecting beaches from Florida through southern New England.

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Hyde County commissioners ordered the evacuation on the island still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Jose.

Across the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, tropical storms have killed at least 100.

Lifeguards reported 25 water rescues because of rip currents at Wrightsville beach, North Carolina, on Saturday.

The official forecast track continues to take Maria slowly to the north today and Tuesday.

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It said people along the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts should monitor the storm. According to Moss, a new front moving in after Thursday could kick Maria quickly out to sea, minimizing any impacts.

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