Maria weakens to a Tropical Storm and is turning away from the east coast

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tropical Storm Maria is tracking to the northeast, 275 miles east northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The tropical cyclone will continue tracking east-northeast on Thursday with an increase
in forward speed. A cold front currently moving across the eastern United States will steer Maria to the east-northeast into the central north Atlantic Thursday night and Friday. Maria will then
weaken and transition to a non-tropical low over the colder waters of the North Atlantic this weekend. It may then bring some rain and gusty winds to the British Isles late Sunday into Monday.
Swells generated by Maria will continue to cause rough seas and surf for much of the East Coast over the next day or two; mariners should seek safe harbor and beachgoers will need to be aware of the
dangerous surf and a high rip current risk. The rough seas and surf will also affect Bermuda and the Bahamas. Minor coastal flooding will also be possible around times of high tide.
Lee is far away from land over the central Atlantic. Lee will turn more to the north and northeast and increase its forward speed later Thursday into Friday. This will cause Lee to weaken as it
begins to track over increasingly cooler waters and becomes absorbed in the westerlies. Lee will pose no threat to land.
An upper trough of low pressure over the southeast Gulf of Mexico is interacting with a tropical wave over northwest Caribbean and could result in a developing area of low pressure near the coast of
Florida this weekend. Strong wind shear aloft will limit strengthening, but gusty winds and locally heavy rain will be possible over parts of Florida.