Shocking map shows Maria winds lashing North Carolina

Shocking map shows Maria winds lashing North Carolina

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.

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

Ryan said Congress is working with the administration to make sure Puerto Rico gets all of the help that's required.

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.

Dare County ordered the evacuation of Hatteras Island beginning at noon Monday.

Forecasters said that weather systems like Maria often head north out of the tropics, but when hurricanes lose connection with warmer tropical waters they lose their source of energy and weaken rapidly as a result.

Maria could bring some coastal flooding as well as significant beach erosion to the region as well, according to AccuWeather. The hurricane, which is sitting in the North Atlantic Ocean some 500 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, is expected to start passing over cooler waters Thursday night, the Weather Underground noted.

Storm surge flooding is a strong possibility, especially along the Outer Banks as Maria's slow movement will result in several hours of onshore flow. But Pearson said officials think between 10,000 and 12,500 people have left the island ahead of the storm. A tropical storm watch was in effect from Surf City to Cape Lookout and from Duck to the North Carolina-Virginia state line.