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Hurricane Maria to turn north after slamming Puerto Rico. What’s the impact for Charlotte?

Hurricane Maria heads towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after slamming the Caribbean

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Dominica as a Category 5 just over a week after Irma devastated the Caribbean. Now, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are bracing for the eye of the storm.
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Hurricane Maria made landfall in Dominica as a Category 5 just over a week after Irma devastated the Caribbean. Now, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are bracing for the eye of the storm.

Powerful Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning but is expected to stay offshore of the Carolinas as it heads north.

Maria was a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds when its center hit Puerto Rico, which braced for major damage. It is moving northwest at 10 mph.

Forecast models show Maria staying well offshore of the Southeast over the next four to five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico early on September 20, bringing extreme wind and rain to the region, local media reported. The National Hurricane Center warned that Maria would hit the southeastern Puerto Rico after passing over the Caribbean isla

Tropical storm-force winds, of 39 mph to 73 mph, have only a 5- to 10-percent chance of reaching the North Carolina coast over the next five days.

Hurricane Jose, which preceded Maria and followed Category 5 Hurricane Irma, left some ocean overwash on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Monday. Jose is now off the mid-Atlantic coast.

Sam Corlis caught this huge snake, a canebrake or timber rattlesnake, on the northern tip of Ocracoke Island as it headed out in the NC surf.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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