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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)
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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. *

MONDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Enjoy partly sunny skies, a 10% chance of a passing shower, fresh north or northeast breezes of mainly 10 to 20 mph, and afternoon highs in the seasonable lower to mid 80s.

EXTENDED FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS: Daily highs in the 80s and nightly lows in the 60s are likely amid brisk north breezes all week. Shower chances will function near 10 to 20% for most days.

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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