Mandatory evacuation for Ocracoke visitors in advance of Maria

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"We expect Maria to bring tropical storm conditions, or the equivalent of a moderate nor'easter in part of eastern North Carolina and in southeastern Virginia", according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Hyde County commissioners ordered the evacuation on the island still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Jose. It's not immediately clear how many residents and visitors are heeding the order to leave. Tropical storm warnings have been posted for much of the North Carolina coast.

Individuals in the states which could be afffected have been warned of potentially unsafe weather conditions, like rip tides, and the storm is being monitored carefully to track its progess.

Maria was a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 miles per hour, moving north near 7 miles per hour.

The hurricane, with wind speeds at 75 mph early Monday afternoon, is expected to pass about 150 miles of the Outer Banks on Wednesday, Accuweather reported.

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The National Hurricane Center said Sunday evening that the tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area beginning Tuesday.

The major effects from Maria this week will be tidal flooding, wind gusts and rip currents - especially in the Outer Banks.

Minor-to-nuisance tidal flooding is expected through Wednesday afternoon for Sewell's Point.

Up to 4 feet of storm surge flooding could swamp areas from Cape Lookout to Duck, including the sound side of the Outer Banks, the hurricane center warned.

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