The Hurricane Earl path has the Category 4 storm reaching the southern coast of New England by Labor Day. AccuWeather.com reports Earl’s path, if it continues on the current course, to hit the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Thursday and Cape Cod on Friday night with strong winds and powerful waves.
Due to uncertainty in the hurricane’s final direction, New Englanders and those throughout the northeast seaboard are being asked to take precautionary measures.
The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch Tuesday for the area north of Surf City, N.C., to Duck, N.C.
“The margin of error is still 200 to 300 miles,” says Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. “But everyone needs to be paying attention to this.”
Rhode Island’s Providence Journal reported on Tuesday morning, “To make it all a little more interesting, Hurricane Earl is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane over the next few days and could have an impact on Southern New England at the end of the week. “At this time, it appears Earl will bring just a glancing blow, but the potential for a larger impact cannot be ruled out yet,” the weather service says.”
According to the Boston Herald, “Forecasters say there is a chance the hurricane could brush the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region toward the end of the week, with its closest approach to North Carolina on Friday. In any case, the U.S. East Coast is likely to see pounding surf. ‘Folks from the Carolinas northward through the Mid-Atlantic and New England need to be paying attention to Earl and the forecasts as they get updated through the week,’ Brennan said.”