Hurricane Maria bringing strong winds to Eastern Carolina

Hurricane Maria brought strong winds to parts of Eastern Carolina this morning.

The storm made its closest pass to our coast this morning as a tropical storm, some 150 miles from the Outer Banks.

So far, wind gusts of 55 miles per hour have been recorded at Oregon Inlet, 51 mph gust in Avon, 47 mph in Beaufort, and 37 mph in Oriental.

The storm has also brought some strong gusts inland, with a 32 mile per hour gust felt in Greenville this morning.

The North Carolina Ferry Division says all ferries in the Pamlico Sound are suspended today because of the storm conditions.

The storm, now once again a hurricane with 75 mile per hour winds, is now slowly pulling away from the coast.