Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday 7:45AM: Hurricane Earl Curving Northeast

Shortly before 5AM Friday, the center of Category 2 Hurricane Earl passed east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, missing the coast by 85 miles, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph offshore. However, tropical storm force sustained winds (up to 73 mph) affected the Outer Banks all night, and are expected to impact Virginia's Atlantic coastline and Hampton Roads this morning through mid-afternoon. Anywhere along and east of I-95 today can expect blustery conditions with a few sprinkles to light showers from Earl's outermost rain bands. Accumulations will only amount 1"-2" along the Bay, Eastern Shore, and far Southeast Virginia. Winds today will be highest along the Bay in the 40-60 mph range. Earl will continue to weaken as it accelerates northeast along the U.S. East Coast, sideswiping New England tonight still as a hurricane. We'll get a break for at least a week from further U.S. tropical impacts, but we will be monitoring two waves off of Africa, including the one that was briefly Tropical Storm Gaston.

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