NC island ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Earl nears coast

September 1, 2010 |  by  |  Breaking News
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Does Hurricane Earl’s path have your attention? Well, it certain has gotten the attention of residents along North Carolina’s coast…

A line of vehicles has formed at the Ocracoke Island ferry terminal in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Due to Hurricane Earl, an evacuation is underway as residents and tourists along the Outer Banks are being urged to pack up their things and head inland in preparation for the storm. The two-and-a-half hour ferry ride is the only way off the island. Downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane early this morning, Hurricane Earl is still a major force. Depending on the storm’s trajectory, more evacuations may follow along the Eastern Seaboard and possibly threaten Labor Day vacation plans.

With winds gusting up to 132 miles per hour, Hurricane Earl may become a real threat to those along the Atlantic coast. For the moment, Earl is staying put in the open ocean and will move northwest dumping heavy rain and winds on the Outer Banks area in North Carolina by Thursday or early Friday morning. After stirring up that area, Hurricane Earl has the potential to continue northward and possibly hit the New England area over the weekend. Keep an eye on the storm’s path and review emergency procedures and evacuation routes if applicable. Make sure you have enough water and food as well. Above all, remember to be safe.


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