The United States has dealt with two very devastating situations in relation to hurricanes this year. First, Hurricane Harvey brought great destruction to Houston, Texas and surrounding areas; only a few weeks later, Hurricane Irma struck parts of Florida and traveled further up North before downgrading to a tropical storm.
Hurricane Maria was questionable to affect the United States mainland after targeting other U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico. Maria was described as one of the fastest intensifying hurricanes in history, upgrading to a Category 5 in slightly over 24 hours.
After hitting Dominica, Puerto Rico, and nearby areas, Maria is now projected to bring storm effects along the east coast of the U.S. mainland. According to AccuWeather, North Carolina specifically will be in its path beginning on Thursday.
Thankfully, Maria is now only a Category 1 storm and could potentially decrease to a mere tropical storm prior to impacting the southern state. However, strong winds, flooding, and power outages are still expected.
It is a possibility that other states will also be impacted by Maria, but it is too early to tell. Please keep our nation and those already affected by Hurricane Maria in your prayers. Thank you!
In related news, President Trump announced his plans to help Puerto Rico amid Hurricane Maria.