Summer-like pattern continues; Tracking hurricanes Maria & Lee

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Update, 11 p.m.: Hurricane Maria continues its way north up the Atlantic Ocean as a strong Category 3 hurricane Friday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Swells from the storm, likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents, are expected increase along the southeastern United States coast Saturday, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Three storms are now raging in the Atlantic Ocean and one of them, Maria, which formed on Saturday (16 September), is gathering wind speed with experts expecting it will develop into a major hurricane by Wednesday (20 September).

The Category 1 storm weakened Monday and became less organized overnight as it moved north into waters cooled by Tropical Storm Jose.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata and Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern.

Wednesday: Maria will stop moving due north and begin a turn to the northeast, but will still be close enough to spread strong gusts and rough surf to the North Carolina coast.

Every year America's National Hurricane Center selects 21 storm names - each starting with different letters of the alphabet.

Hurricane Lee has reformed, becoming the eighth hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

The hurricane is moving toward the northwest at around 9 miles per hour but a turn toward the north is expected by Saturday evening.

Maria's hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 70 miles from the center.

Update 11 a.m.: Hurricane Maria's forecast track has shifted slightly closer to the US coastline with the most western edge of the cone skimming offshore of the Outer Banks.

Hurricane Maria could take a bite out of coastal North Carolina on Tuesday, with waves rising between 14 to 20 feet, forecasters said Sunday.

Hurricane Maria is expected to pass about 150 miles southeast of Dare County, with high winds and many other storm-related effects.

As of 5 a.m., Maria was located 350 miles SSE of Cape Hatteras and was moving north at 7 mph, with max winds of 80 mph.

Lee is expected to gradually weaken over the next several days. Current forecast models are suggesting that this storm will circle around itself, staying in the same general area.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic west of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: 20% chance of showers and isolated storms.

We still have two active storms in the Atlantic as of this writing - Maria and Lee.

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