Thursday, September 2, 2010

Its Name Is Earl

Hurricane Earl, a Category Four storm, appears headed for the coast of North Carolina:

Evacuations have begun in areas of the US East Coast likely to be hit by Hurricane Earl.

The hurricane has strengthened to a category four storm again, generating sustained winds of 215km/h (135mph).
A hurricane warning has been issued for the east coast of the US from Bogue Inlet, North Carolina north-eastward to the North Carolina/Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds.

The hurricane watch has been adjusted northward and now extends from the North Carolina/Virginia border northward to Massachusetts, including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Hurricane Earl Prompts US East Coast Evacuations

The government has ordered the evacuation of a couple of barrier islands off North Carolina.

The most likely track appears to be along the coast up through New England.
Image credit: National Hurricane Center

It looks as though the hurricane will pass by several states on the East Coast, and may go over Cape Cod before ending up in Nova Scotia. Of course, all that could change.

Good luck to communities along the coast. This looks like it could be a bad one.


One Fly said...

I would not be surprised that when it's done that there may be some oil aroud. I hope not.

Cujo359 said...

I don't know how much oil migrated to that side of Florida. If some did, though, it's possible some will wash up on shore.

The good news about Earl's projected track is that the east side of the hurricane is where the really big storm surge is. That will be out to sea. At least, it will if the track doesn't change.