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Maria expected to turn North, tracks close to SE Bahamas

11 a.m. track: Forecasts take Maria away from the U.S. mainland. (WPEC) 

Forecasters are watching Hurricane Maria closely, waiting for a much anticipated turn to the north. The turn, when it happens, will track the storm away from the United States mainland.

As of 11 a.m. Maria was moving toward the northwest at 8 miles an hour, with winds near 125 mph with higher gusts. Once the turn happens, the storm will track east of the south eastern Bahama islands.

Here is the National Hurricane Center advisory:


SUMMARY OF 11:00 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...22.3N 71.0W

ABOUT 55 MI...90 KM N OF GRAND TURK ISLAND

ABOUT 445 MI...715 KM ESE OF NASSAU

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...125 MPH...205 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...958 MB...28.29 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The government of the Dominican Republic has discontinued all

warnings for the Dominican Republic.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Central Bahamas

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected

somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and

property should be rushed to completion.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are

expected somewhere within the warning area.

Interests elsewhere in the Bahamas should monitor the progress of

Maria.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor

products issued by your national meteorological service.

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