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Strengthening Hurricane Earl may rake U.S. east
coast, Aug 31, 2010
Earl strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm
on Monday after lashing the northeast Caribbean
islands, and was expected to swipe the U.S. East
Coast in the next few days, the U.S. National
Hurricane Center said.
Miami-based forecasters said it was too early to say
which part of the U.S. eastern seaboard might be
impacted by Earl, the second major hurricane of the
2010 Atlantic season.
sustained winds of 135 mph and could strengthen in
the next two days, the forecasters said.
hurricane was moving west-northwest on a curving
track that the National Hurricane Center said would
take it near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on
Thursday and Friday.
A direct hit
could not be ruled out, and Earl was expected to
bring drenching rain, dangerous seas and surf and
gusting wind to the Atlantic Coast from North
Carolina to New England and Canada, said Alex
Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist for private
the weather gets in this region will depend on the
exact track of Earl and its proximity to the coast,"
Sosnowski said in a posting on the AccuWeather
swings farther west than expected, heavy rain could
sweep the Interstate 95 corridor from North Carolina
to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City,
current path, Earl posed no threat to the Gulf of
Mexico, where major U.S. oil and gas installations
said operations were normal at its 500,000
barrel-per-day refinery on the island of St. Croix
but that the refinery's harbor and all other ports
in the U.S. Virgin Islands had been closed because
At 5 p.m.
EST, the hurricane's center was 110 miles northeast
of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
hurricane buffeted the northernmost Leeward Islands
of the Caribbean with fierce winds, driving rain and
pounding waves as it passed.
three largest cruise Lines -- Carnival Corp, Royal
Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line -- changed their
Caribbean itineraries and rerouted at least seven
ships to avoid the storm.
OUTAGES, TREES TOPPLED
the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten, its two halves
respectively administered by France and the
Netherlands, said Earl's passage caused power
outages and toppled trees.
wind is really blowing, incredibly strong ... I've
seen a lot of tree damage ... I would certainly
assume roofs off, I'm watching mine very carefully,"
Steve Wright, general manager of the Grand Case
Beach Club in Grand Case, St. Martin, told Reuters.
nothing that we haven't seen before but I'm
surprised at the ferocity of the winds right now,"
no immediate reports of casualties.
some flooding in low-lying areas was reported. After
the hurricane passed, Antigua and Barbuda Governor
General Dame Louise Lake-Tack declared a national
holiday to allow residents of the twin-island state
to mop up.
forecasters said hurricane conditions would
gradually subside over Puerto Rico on Monday
evening, while the Turks and Caicos Islands and the
southeast Bahamas would get tropical storm
conditions as Earl passed east of them in the next
The ports of
the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican ports
of Vieques, Culebra, Fajardo, and San Juan were
closed, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Government
offices and schools in eastern Puerto Rico were
the Atlantic, the hurricane center said Tropical
Storm Fiona had formed about 890 miles east of the
Leeward Islands. Fiona had top winds of 40 mph and
was moving west at 24 mph on a course that was
expected to take it northeast of the Leeward Islands
on Wednesday and east of Bermuda by Sunday.
None of the
forecast models took Fiona into the Gulf of Mexico.
In the North
Atlantic, Hurricane Danielle, which was a major
Category 4 storm last week, weakened to a tropical
storm as its sustained winds fell to 70 mph. It was
expected to weaken further and lose its tropical
characteristics later in the day. It was about 425
miles south southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.
Hurricane Earl strengthens in Caribbean, Aug 30,
Earl strengthened as it began buffeting the Northern
Leeward islands in the Caribbean on Monday and was
seen becoming a powerful storm within the next 24
hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
sustained winds of 105 miles per hour and was a
Category 2 hurricane in the five-step Saffir-Simpson
scale of intensity.
conditions are now spreading into the Northern
Leeward Islands and will spread westward into the
Virgin Islands later today," the hurricane center
said in its 5 a.m. advisory.
expected to become a major hurricane by tonight or
early Tuesday," it added.
center was 50 miles east-northeast of the French
overseas island of St. Martin and moving
warnings were in effect through the Caribbean,
including the U.S. and British Virgin Islands,
Antigua and Barbuda and the British overseas
territories of Montserrat and Anguilla.
storm conditions were expected to spread over the
U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on Monday, with
hurricane conditions possible by evening.
hurricane center warned of a storm surge, dangerous
waves and heavy rains that could cause flash
flooding and mudslides in areas of higher elevation.
airLine LIAT canceled 41 flights to several
destinations in the eastern Caribbean and shut down
its reservation service because of Earl's approach,
according to a company statement.
said Earl could affect the U.S. East Coast later
like the storm will be east of the Bahamas on
Wednesday, east of Cape Hatteras on Thursday and
then probably east of or near Cape Cod and Long
Island on Friday," Miami's WFOR-TV forecaster Jeff
Berardelli said on CBS radio.
In the North
Atlantic, Hurricane Danielle, a major Category 4
storm last week, was barely a hurricane on Monday
morning as its sustained winds fell to 75 mph. The
storm was expected to lose its tropical
characteristics later in the day.
It was about
440 miles south of Newfoundland.
Danielle getting stronger, heading toward Bermuda,
August 26, 2010
Danielle is getting a little stronger in the open
Atlantic as it heads toward Bermuda.
maximum sustained winds increased Thursday to 105
mph (165 kph) and additional strengthening is
located about 860 miles (1,385 kilometers) southeast
of Bermuda and moving northwest near 16 mph (26 kph).
in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Earl is also getting
stronger and now has maximum sustained winds near 45
mph (75 kph). Forecasters expect Earl to become a
hurricane either late Friday or early Saturday.
Pacific off Mexico's coast, Hurricane Frank is
expected to get stronger later in the day but then
start gradually weakening Friday as it moves over