Maria May Come Close to Cape Hatteras and When Will the Warmth End on Long Island?
Hurricane Maria has continued to slowly regain strength, and now has sustained winds of 125 mph with gusts as high as 155 mph. However, Maria should now slowly and steadily weaken. After impacting the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas today, Maria will begin a turn toward the north and then northeast, but steering currents will break down for a while and Maria is expected to turn NW towards North Carolina for a time. Some of the Euro and GFS ensembles still show a landfall near Cape Hatteras, so this still needs to be watched even though it's still likely that Maria stays far enough offshore to not have any major impacts in terms of rain and wind.
The above average temperatures on Long Island will continue until next Thursday when the same cold front that will help send Maria further out to sea will also bring cooler weather into the northeast.
The following image shows the Euro ensembles for Hurricane Maria: