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Maria chugs northward off the East Coast, Lee swirls in the central Atlantic

SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) -

Your First Alert Weather Team continues to monitor the active 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

MARIA: Hurricane Maria will likely track just east of the Carolinas through early week... exploiting the same break in a mid-level high pressure ridge that Jose once did. Please continue to monitor powerful Maria in case these trends change.

Given such an offshore track, some of Maria's more significant rains and winds may clip North Carolina's Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras Seashores... but significant rains and winds are unlikely for the Cape Fear Region. What we can expect locally, though:

- very rough seas
- significant ocean swells
- breaking waves in the surf zones of 5 to 10 and locally 15 feet
- a moderate to high risk of rip currents

ELSEWHERE IN THE TROPICS: Lee roared back to life over the weekend and now operates as a hurricane east of Bermuda. It poses no threat to North America. New tropical storm formation is not expected anywhere in the Atlantic Basin through Tuesday. 

BEWARE OF MISINFORMATION: As you seek online information on these tropical systems, watch out for "hype sites" and provocative social media posts that only showcase the more dire computer forecast model solutions.

The National Hurricane Center forecast cone that we show on WECT products is the official and best resource for storm intensity and track information. Brush up on the cone and what it means for you HERE.

HAVE A MINDSET OF VIGILANCE AND PREPAREDNESS: September is the statistical peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season. Stay with your First Alert Weather Team here, on TV, and on your WECT First Alert Weather App for complete updates. Link to our comprehensive digital hurricane preparedness guide or on the WECT Weather App.

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