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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane Maria is passing to the East of the southeastern Bahamas.

At 5 p.m., the center of the Category 3 hurricane was about 115 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas.

Maria is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Saturday.  A turn toward the north is forecast by Saturday night

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).

A gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Turks and Caicos Islands
* Southeastern Bahamas
* Central Bahamas

Tropical storm conditions will continue over portions of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas through tonight.  Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin in portions of the central Bahamas tonight.

Water levels in the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands will subside through tonight as Maria moves away from those islands.

Maria is expected to produce the following rainfall accumulations through Saturday:

Turks and Caicos…8 to 16 inches, isolated 20 inches
Puerto Rico…additional 1 to 3 inches, isolated maximum storm total amounts 40 inches
Mayaguana, southeast Bahamas…4 to 8 inches
Inagua Islands and Crooked Island, Bahamas…2 to 6 inches
Rest of eastern Bahamas…1 to 3 inches

Rainfall on these islands will continue to cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.


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