CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hurricane Maria is continuing to move slowly north across the Atlantic Ocean Monday night.
The Category 1 storm is staying away from South Carolina, however forecasters say large swells are affecting much of the east coast of the United States. Maria is expected to continue north then veer east.
Live 5 Meteorologist Stephanie Sine says although Maria is continuing north we still have a high risk for rip currents for Monday and Tuesday.
A high surf advisory has already been dropped for the Lowcountry.
11 p.m. Update
At 11 p.m., the eye of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 32.3 North, longitude 73.1 West, about 245 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Maria is moving toward the north near 7 mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for
- Bogue Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border
- Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for
- Cape Lookout to Duck
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 36 to 48 hours.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.