Maria is a category one hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.
On Hatteras, a fine rain fell Wednesday, with patches of blue sky occasionally showing through.
While the past month has been devastating, the 2017 season doesn't end until November 30 and warm ocean temperatures suggest there are still more storms to come, said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the Colorado State University seasonal hurricane forecast. Police set up a check point to block all traffic heading south on N.C. 12 except for residents and reporters.
Water several inches deep covered N.C. 12 for a quarter mile near Frisco during the morning high tide time.
The hurricane's turn out to sea should alleviate much of the wind pushing the tide so high, said Tim Haas, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Chips Stevens, the owner of Blackbeard's Lodge on Ocracoke, said Maria effectively makes 2017 a two-storm season, which is the "worst-case scenario". County officials said they would consult with North Carolina transportation officials before making the decision to restore access to Hatteras Island in Dare County and Ocracoke Island in Hyde County.
Maria battered the overseas territory of Turks and Caicos with winds of up to 125mph on Friday, as the storm continued on its path to roll off the east coast of the US. The mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island visitors includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village.
In addition to Puerto Rico, the storm lashed other Caribbean islands.
Then there's Lee! Lee is a category 2 hurricane, but a much smaller storm. More than 3 million of the island's USA citizens still lack adequate food, water and fuel.
Tropical Storm Maria slowly drifting north off of the NC coast. But officials warned that severe beach erosion was likely there and along the mid-Atlantic coast. "They were really excited about being at the beach", said Gruver.
Sarah Midgett lost her auto during Hermine and her home was severely damaged by Matthew's floods.
The above graphic highlights where tropical-storm-force and hurricane-force winds are expected over the next three days.
"A lot of those dunes were compromised when Jose passed by".
"Certainly it's inhibited what we've been waiting for for many, many years", Kitty Hawk Mayor Gary Perry said Monday.