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Tropical Storm Maria to Bring Flooding Along Coast of North Carolina

Tropical Storm Maria, which was just today downgraded from a hurricane, is brushing North Carolina and is expected to bring wind, bands of rain, and coastal flooding to the northeast part of the state.

Maria is a large tropical storm with winds reaching up to 230 miles from the center.

A buoy near Cape Hatteras in North Carolina recorded sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts up to 52 mph.  Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center reports.

As of 5 p.m. on Sept. 26, the center of the hurricane was about 160 miles east-southeast of Hatteras and was moving north at 7 mph, the National Hurricane Center reports.