Hurricane Lee, Fifth Major Atlantic Storm, Reaches Category 3 Status

Hurricane Lee, Fifth Major Atlantic Storm, Reaches Category 3 Status

Hurricane Lee, Fifth Major Atlantic Storm, Reaches Category 3 Status

All hurricane warnings were dropped on Friday, but a tropical storm warning was in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands, the southeastern Bahamas and the central Bahamas.

A man carries water in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Sep.

Maria was downgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

Jones says, "Got water, made sure I had plenty of gas".

The tragedy has received relatively little media coverage compared to Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and President Donald Trump hasn't brought much attention to it. The choppy sea also ended the mandatory evacuation on Okracoke.

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Forecasters with the Weather Underground said a strong upper-level flow will push both Maria and Lee across the North Atlantic this weekend, with the remnants of both hurricanes possibly affecting the British Isles and northern Europe from Sunday into Tuesday.

Authorities warn that high winds and significant ocean and sound over wash and flooding are likely as Maria passes well offshore.

The state's Outer Banks bore the brunt of the extreme weather, with Maria generating powerful winds, violent waves and storm surges. It's about 525 miles (840 kilometers) south-southeast of Halifax Novia Scotia, Canada and moving to the east-northeast at 30 mph (50 kph). Gibbs said officials think there are about 700 visitors on the island, which has a year-round population of about 1,000 residents.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Hatteras.

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