Hurricane Maria poses threat to US East Coast

The storm is not expected to make landfall in the U.S. but is expected to bring wind and rain, leading to mandatory evacuations for parts of North Carolina.
2:16 | 09/26/17

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MARIA is nearing the east coast. It is not expected to make landfall, but it is posing a threat and forcing mandatory evacuations for parts of north Carolina. Let's go to ginger with the latest. Good morning to you, robin. So many people saying, it feels like summer. This late September heat is very deceiving and they go to the beach and they see this. The big red flag, and the huge surf. That's the outer banks, but it's not just the outer banks effected. Because of the proximity, it will kick up and you see that ridge in the jet stream. That has been keeping it kind of slow. North at 7 miles per hour is its movement. What you will see in the next 24 to 36 hours is its closest proximity to the outer banks. Tonight through tomorrow morning, gusts up to 65, and 38 there even in parts of Virginia, and then this cold front and associated trop comes through, and pushes to the east and you will see this hard right turn, and then out in the atlantic. Doesn't mean you won't see 7 to 10-foot waves you through Massachusetts and Rhode Island though, and then 15-foot surf in cape hatteras, North Carolina. Reporter: Good morning. We're feeling those intense wind gusts. Just look at the waves. Massive waves coming ashore here. Some going down the street right through the dunes here. I want you to look at the issue here. You have all these homes and there is a state of emergency in place in this county. You see these homes? They are on stilts, but look at these houses. They are not that elevated so that's a real concern for flooding. I want you to look at this incredible image right now. We saw this wash up ashore here just yesterday. This is a potential ordnance. An unexploded ordnance, some kind of World War II era, and it washed up on this beach north of here. That's how strong these waves have been. This mandatory evacuation is in place for all visitors to hatteras island, that's where we are now. The center of the storm 210 miles away, and this area is expecting the tropical storm force winds, and a lot of rain. Again, the concern, looking at these waves, and the concern is wind, and tides, and people are concerned. Still talking about MARIA.

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