Hurricane Maria to Bring Tropical Storm Conditions to North Carolina

Satellite photo of Hurricane Maria as of Monday morning // Photo by the National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Maria is moving north and set to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina.

According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Maria is currently about 335 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, making it a category 1 hurricane. Maria is expected to continue moving north, with the center of the storm passing well east of the southeast coast of the United States during the next day or so. Maria is expected to weaken into a tropical storm by Tuesday night.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for an area ranging from Cape Lookout to Duck, as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. The storm is also set to cause dangerous surf and rip currents on the coasts of the southeastern United States and Bermuda, increasing along the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts today. Dangerous swells also continue to affect Puerto Rico, portions of the Virgin Islands, the northern coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.

Flight Updates

The following airlines have issued travel waivers as a result of the storm:

American Airlines customers traveling through Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos through October 31 can rebook through December 31. Customers flying through St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands through April 2, 2018, can rebook through September 30, 2018. Customers flying through St. Maarten through August 31, 2018, can rebook through September 30, 2018. Customers flying through San Juan through October 12 can rebook through October 31, and customers traveling through Antigua and Nassau in the Bahamas through September 30 can rebook through November 15. Customers flying through other affected Caribbean airports through September 30 can rebook through October 7.

United Airlines will waive change fees and any differences in fares for customers flying through affected airports through September 30, with rebooked travel to take place through October 7 between the same city pair. For rebooked travel after October 7, or for a change in departure or destination city, United will waive the change fee but a difference in fare may apply.

Customers flying Delta through the Dominican Republic through September 30 can rebook through October 7, with the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date.

Customers on Southwest Airlines flying through October 15 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the same city pair.

Customers flying JetBlue through September 26 can rebook through October 7.

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