Hurricanes Lee, Maria gain strength in Atlantic

FORT MYERS, Fla. Hurricanes Lee and Maria gained strength Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.

Neither storm is expected to impact Southwest Florida, WINK meteorologist Matt Devitt said.

Hurricane Maria has maximum sustained winds at 75 mph and is moving northeast at 7 mph as of the 11 p.m. advisory, according to the National Hurricane Center. The system is about 250 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Tropical Storm and Storm Surge warnings previously issued for west of the Ocracoke Inlet were discontinued, the National Hurricane Center said.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for north of Cape Hatteras to Duck in North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said

Map forecast for Hurricane Lee via National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Lee weakened into a Category 2 as of the 11 p.m. advisory, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Lee has maximum sustained winds at 110 mph and is moving north-northwest at 7 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The system is about 440 miles east of Bermuda and about 1765 miles west of the Azores.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect for Hurricane Lee, the National Hurricane Center said.

Writer:Rachel Ravina
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