Sept. 24 (UPI) — The National Hurricane Center cautioned swells generated by Hurricane Maria are increasing along portions of the southeastern United States and Bermuda.
The center said in its 5 a.m. Sunday advisory that the storm appeared to have slightly weakened, but it retained maximum sustained winds near 110 mph with higher gusts.
“Swells generated by Maria are increasing along portions of the southeastern United States coast and Bermuda and will be increasing along the Mid-Atlantic coast later today,” the hurricane center said.
The center said swells were also continuing in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the northern
coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. The swells were described as likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
The eye of the hurricane was located Sunday morning near latitude 27.9 north, longitude 72.7 west and the storm was morning north at a speed of about 9 mph.
There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect Sunday morning, but the hurricane center warned residents of the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts to continue to monitor Maria as hurricane or tropical storm watches were possible later in the day.