COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Hurricane Maria continues to weaken as it moves northward. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for parts of the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
As of the 8 a.m. update Tuesday, Maria's maximum sustained winds are 75 miles per hour. It is now a Category 1 storm. It is moving 7 miles per hour to the north.
The storm's location is about 190 miles east of Cape Hatteras, NC.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the North Carolina coast from Cape Lookout to Duck, including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
"On the forecast track, the center of Maria will pass east of the coast of North Carolina during the next couple of days," the National Hurricane Center said. "Gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days and Maria is forecast to become a tropical storm Tuesday night."
Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina has been issued a mandatory evacuation order. Hyde County tweeted Sunday evening that the order will go into effect 5 a.m. Monday in advance of Hurricane Maria.
There is also a storm surge watch from Cape Lookout to Duck including the sound side of the Outer banks. The National Hurricane Center says large swells are affecting much of the east coast of the United States.
Maria made its first landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 storm around 9:15 p.m. last Monday.
The First Alert Weather Team is tracking the tropics.
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