Maria's hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 105 miles from the center.
Klotzbach said Lee becoming a major hurricane doesn't mean much for the rest of the season as far as number or strength of storms.
Tropical Storm Maria isn't projected to make landfall on the Outer Banks, but Maria could bring two to four feet of storm surge, which prompted the evacuation of Cape Hatteras and Okracoke Island.
Forecasters with the Weather Underground said a strong upper-level flow will push both Maria and Lee across the North Atlantic this weekend, with the remnants of both hurricanes possibly affecting the British Isles and northern Europe from Sunday into Tuesday. That should shunt it to the north over the next few days.
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5PM official NHC track forecast for Maria.
Maria's maximum sustained winds Tuesday reached near 75 miles per hour. The hurricane is already being affected by wind shear, and the hurricane center said it will also track over cooler waters that were stirred up by former Hurricane Jose.
Storm surge flooding is a strong possibility, especially along the Outer Banks as Maria's slow movement will result in several hours of onshore flow.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas between Bogue Inlet and the North Carolina/Virginia border. Up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain could fall through Wednesday. The storm eventually stalled south of the New England coast and became a post tropical cyclone September 21. Wave heights along the shore will increase during the next few days, creating unsafe surf and increased chances of rip currents.