Hurricane Earl Forces East Coast Evacuations

Batten down the hatches! It may not be as large as they thought, but Hurricane Earl could still pack quite a punch on the East Coast in the coming days.

Every time I hear mention of Hurricane Earl, all I can think of is the song by the Dixie Chicks a decade ago 🙂

From CNN:

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for Ocracoke Island, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Dare County Emergency Management officials issued a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday for all visitors to Hatteras Island, effective immediately.

Earl lost some of its punch early Wednesday and was downgraded to a Category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph (200 kph). However, it was still a major hurricane, and forecasters said more fluctuations in intensity were possible in the next 48 hours. Tracking maps show Earl approaching the North Carolina coast early Friday as a Category 3 storm.

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5 Comments on “Hurricane Earl Forces East Coast Evacuations”

  1. Slamdunk Says:

    I thought of the Chick’s Earl as well when I first heard the storm’s name.

  2. Honeydog Says:

    No matter what’s on the Radar, it seems that The Carolinas ALWAYS get hit, even when other nearby States don’t at all, or very slightly. It’s like they’re a Magnet for Storms, a “regular Customer”. I would never want to live there.

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