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Destroyed trees and houses are seen after the passage of hurricane Irma and Maria in Orient Bay, St. Martin, on September 20, 2017.
Maria has regained its hurricane strength but is expected to weaken slightly over the next two days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory on Wednesday.
Maria is about 165 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, the NHC added.
It is seen moving away from the coast of North Carolina on Wednesday, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.