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Will Maria affect the Carolinas?

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

While hurricane Maria continues northward and gradually weakens, it will spread some tropical storm force conditions along the NC coast through mid-week. 

A tropical storm warning has been issued for areas including from Cape Lookout to Duck, and a storm surge watch is in effect for those areas as well. 

The center of Maria will remain offshore and ultimately be steered toward the east as a result of a few different factors coming into play: 

1.) A broad upper-air low over the Gulf is helping steer the hurricane northward currently and should not allow for any further westward movement in the track.

2.) A mid-level high over New England should begin to limit the hurricane's northward component of motion by mid-week, inherently removing New England from seeing any direct impacts. 

3.) Regardless, a strong cold front and associated trough of low pressure traversing the Ohio River valley by mid to late week will sweep the hurricane out to see by Thursday and Friday. 

We'll continue to monitor things over the next few days and keep you updated.

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