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Maria continues northerly track, Lee become a hurricane

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Your First Alert Weather Team continues to monitor the active 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

MARIA: Hurricane Maria will likely track between the Carolinas and Bermuda through early next week... exploiting the same break in a mid-level high pressure ridge that Jose once did. Please continue to monitor powerful Maria in case these trends change.

Given such an offshore track, Maria will send ocean swells to the Carolinas over the weekend through the middle of next week... and this swell will manifest in heavier-than-average surf and an enhanced risk of rip currents through that period.

ELSEWHERE IN THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Lee has strengthened into a category 1 hurricane in the eastern Atlantic. The forecast track stays over open water and is not a threat to land. 

BEWARE OF MISINFORMATION: As you seek online information on these tropical systems, watch out for "hype sites" and provocative social media posts that only showcase the more dire computer forecast model solutions.

The National Hurricane Center forecast cone that we show on WECT products is the official and best resource for storm intensity and track information. Brush up on the cone and what it means for you HERE.

HAVE A MINDSET OF VIGILANCE AND PREPAREDNESS: September is the statistical peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season. Stay with your First Alert Weather Team here, on TV, and on your WECT First Alert Weather App for complete updates. Link to our comprehensive digital hurricane preparedness guide or on the WECT Weather App.

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