The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "Maria is moving toward the north near 7 miles per hour [11 km/h], and this general motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected through tonight".
Maria - now a tropical storm - is on track towards the United Kingdom, according to the latest map from the NOAA's NHC.
Tropical Storm Maria, which was just today downgraded from a hurricane, is brushing North Carolina and is expected to bring wind, bands of rain, and coastal flooding to the northeast part of the state.
Scientists say Maria will is predicted to erode more than half the dunes along North Carolina's 300-mile (485-kilometer) coast.
There's a tropical storm warning in effect for Bogue Inlet to the N.C./Va. border and for Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
"Mother Nature keeps chopping at it", said Meekins, an engineer on the temporarily halted Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry.
Lee is the fifth major Atlantic hurricane of the 2017 season and has so far unleashed 115mph winds. Storm surge between 2 feet and 4 feet is expected, mostly north of Cape Hatteras. "We see storm after storm".
Hurricane Maria will come close enough to North Carolina to trigger gusty winds and rain, while unleashing unsafe seas elsewhere along the East Coast this week, AccuWeather reports.
Standing near the closed fishing pier in the unincorporated community of Avon, Tony Meekins said anything is possible when it comes to Maria's effect on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
More than 200 visitors left Hyde County's Ocracoke Island amid a mandatory evacuation order imposed early Monday on that fragile barrier island jutting into the Atlantic.
Ten fatalities from Puerto Rico have been confirmed due to Hurricane Maria.
The Jones Act is a little-known federal law that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between US ports.
Based on the 5 p.m. Monday night advisory from the National Hurricane Center, hurricane force winds (in excess of 74 mph) extend up to a whopping 105 miles from the center of Hurricane Maria.
According to the long range forecast, Maria is expected to continue north Tuesday, with a turn to the northeast forecast for Wednesday afternoon.
Look for a whole lotta sunshine out there again today with highs near 90 degrees and north winds around 5-10 miles per hour.