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First Alert Forecast: Maria to bring big waves, small shower chances

Very heavy surf is likely for both the east and south-facing beaches of the Cape Fear Region Monday. The rip current risk is an easy call: high. Caution! (Source: WECT) Very heavy surf is likely for both the east and south-facing beaches of the Cape Fear Region Monday. The rip current risk is an easy call: high. Caution! (Source: WECT)
The Carolina cloud cover and "future radar" model shows the conspicuous swirl of Hurricane Maria just southeast of the North Carolina Outer Banks late Monday. (Source: WECT) The Carolina cloud cover and "future radar" model shows the conspicuous swirl of Hurricane Maria just southeast of the North Carolina Outer Banks late Monday. (Source: WECT)
Hurricane Maria is likely to bring very peripheral impacts to the Cape Fear Region... and more direct impacts to the Cape Hatteras Region... this week. (Source: WECT) Hurricane Maria is likely to bring very peripheral impacts to the Cape Fear Region... and more direct impacts to the Cape Hatteras Region... this week. (Source: WECT)
Gusty northerly winds are likely in southeast NC for your Tuesday morning. (Source: WECT) Gusty northerly winds are likely in southeast NC for your Tuesday morning. (Source: WECT)
Very warm weather is expected for much of the week with a cool down  by Friday. (Source: WECT) Very warm weather is expected for much of the week with a cool down by Friday. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Hurricane Maria is likely to swirl near or just east of the North Carolina Outer Banks for much of this week... favoring a weather pattern of big ocean waves and small shower chances in the Cape Fear Region.

* The National Weather Service carries Tropical Storm Watch from Surf City north to Cape Lookout and a Tropical Storm Warning from Cape Lookout northward though most of the Outer Banks. *

TONIGHT: Look for partly to mostly cloudy skies and a few occasional spotty light showers rotating through the area. Lows will be in the upper 60s to near 70. 

TUESDAY TO THURSDAY: Maria's impact will be felt, especially near the coast. In general look for a mix of sun and clouds with an occasional light shower. Highs will soar into the mid and upper 80s. Lows will only dip into the upper 60s and lower 70s. Breezy conditions are likely Tuesday and Wednesday.

LATE WEEK AND WEEKEND: A taste of fall as a cool front blasts through the area. Look for mostly sunny skies and highs dropping from the lower 80s Friday to upper 70s early next week. Lows will dip into the upper 50s and lower 60s. Humidity levels will be much lower! 

SURF AND MARINE IMPACTS: Expect breaking waves of mainly between 5 to 10 feet with some localized 10 to 15-foot sets! The rip current risk will remain high. Very rough seas should inspire small crafts to stay in port.

TROPICS: For more details on Hurricanes Maria and Lee, CLICK HERE. September is the statistical peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season, so it makes sense for your family to have a ready-to-do storm plan... and for details on that, CLICK HERE.

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