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Tuesday morning Tropics check (09/26/2017)

Hurricane Maria Forecast track (5am 09/26/2017)
Hurricane Maria Advisory (5am 09/26/2017)
Hurricane Maria (09/26/2017)
Hurricane Lee Forecast track (5am 09/26/2017)
Hurricane Lee Advisory (5am 09/26/2017)
Hurricane Lee (09/26/2017)
Hurricane Maria Forecast track (5am 09/26/2017)
Posted at 5:10 AM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 02:15:29-04

MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- Hurricanes Maria and Lee persist in the Atlantic. Both are expected to turn to the northeast and accelerate into the North Atlantic before week's end.

Hurricane Lee is strengthening out in the middle of the ocean.

As of the 5:00am ET advisory, Lee had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane.

The system may strengthen further as it moves west, before turning northeast before Friday. This storm is NOT a threat to the U.S.

Hurricane Maria is weakening over cooler waters in the western Atlantic.

As of the 5:00am ET advisory, the cyclone had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane.

As the storm continues on, it is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm and then accelerate northeast by Thursday. Aside from eastern parts of North Carolina (which can see periods of tropical storm force winds/gusts and/or storm surge), no other parts of the U.S. are anticipating direct impacts. Rip current hazards will likely increase, though, due to Maria's influence.

A summary of watches and warnings associated with Maria are below:

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* BOGUE INLET TO THE NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA BORDER
* ALBEMARLE AND PAMLICO SOUNDS

A STORM SURGE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* CAPE LOOKOUT TO DUCK

You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each weekday morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.

Plus, you can get the First Alert forecast every 10 minutes on Channel 27.3 Weather NOW.

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