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Monday evening Tropics check (9/25/2017)

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Posted at 4:14 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 14:41:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- All eyes are still watching hurricanes Maria and Lee and the continue to churn in the tropics. 

Hurricane Maria is a category 1 storm with winds speeds of 80 mph. Right now, Maria is about 300 miles south southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Even though Maria is expected to remain well off shore of the United States east coast, many coastal communities are already experiencing very large swells. As Maria nears North Carolina, tropical storm force winds and a possible storm surge are expected to be felt. 

This storm is forecast to continue moving in a northward direction, slowly weakening, through Wednesday. By the end of the week, Maria will make a turn toward the northeast and pick up speed as it moves into the northern Atlantic Ocean.

About 850 miles east of Bermuda is Hurricane Lee. Lee is also a category 1 storm with sustained winds of 85 mph. 

Hurricane Lee will continue looping around itself though mid-week before racing off into the northern Atlantic. This storm is not a threat to land.

As Always, the First Alert Weather Team will continue to watch all areas of interest in the tropics and give updates as they come in.