Hurricane Earl’s powerful gusts and driving rains were churning over the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the dark of night, leaving residents and officials waiting for daybreak to see how much damage the storm’s winds and waves could do.
At 8:00 a.m. EDT the center of Hurricane Earl was located near latitude 36.2 north, longitude 73.6 west. Earl is moving toward the north-northeast near 18 mph, 30 km/hr. An increase in forward speed and a turn toward the northeast are expected in the next 12 to 24 hours.
On the forecast track, the center of Earl will move away from the North Carolina Outer Banks today, and will approach southeastern New England tonight.