Winds picked up along the Outer Banks on Wednesday, and weather forecasters warned of flooding as deep as 4 feet in spots while Hurricane Maria cruised north about 150 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean.
"We've also been coordinating with Tideland EMC, the electric membership cooperative and they have personnel that will be deployed to Ocracoke to ensure that there will be additional personnel for any fix efforts that are necessary after the storm".
Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School tweeted: "Hurricane Maria has a giant wind field, and it's lashing the Outer Banks with strong gusts".
The hurricane center said conditions had become unfavorable for anything to develop there and said there was no chance of anything getting organized in the next few days.
Tropical storm warnings still extend along the North Carolina coast.
While Maria's most punishing hurricane-force winds remained offshore, tropical storm-force winds extended for as much as 230 miles (370 kilometers) from the center, churning up the surf on both sides of the islands.
'Ex-Maria will still contain tropical air brought north and it is this air which has the potential to affect our weather.
A tropical storm watch was upgraded to a warning on Monday for areas from Cape Lookout to Duck, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds. Maria is also expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1-2 inches over the Outer Banks through Wednesday.
An observing site at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 43 miles per hour and a gust of 51 miles per hour.
"From that point in time, conditions will be improving along the east coast of the United States", said Moss.
Lee is a category two status storm with maximum sustained winds of 110mph, and Maria is a category one with winds up to 75mph.
The mandatory evacuation for visitors on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands remains in effect. Though a ridge situated to the north of the storm will temporarily slow it down, it will pick up in speed by Thursday and move east-northeast into the open ocean. Some gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days. Hurricane Lee, no threat to land, will also add to the month's record-breaking stats as it spins east of Bermuda.