Hurricane Earl Nears East Coast Region, Evacuation to Start SoonBy Turjo, Gaea News Network
Thursday, September 2, 2010
FLORIDA (GaeaTimes.com) — After Ocracoke islands, US authorities have finally decided to evacuate the East Coast region which is likely to hit by Hurricane Earl soon.
The hurricane has strengthened into a category 4 storm again, generating a wind speed of 215 km/hr (135mph). The most powerful category is 5 with winds 155 mph and higher.
President Barack Obama has ordered US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take precautions and measurements for a “worst case” scenario.
Hurricane warnings were posted for most of the North Carolina coast, with a hurricane watch extending to Delaware and part of Massachusetts.
Earl was expected to reach the North Carolina coast on late Thursday and to wheel to the northeast, staying offshore while making its way up the Eastern Seaboard. But forecasters said it could move in closer, perhaps coming ashore in North Carolina, crossing New York’s Long Island and passing over the Boston metropolitan area and Cape Cod.
Also on Wednesday, the seventh tropical storm of the season formed far out in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Gaston had sustained winds of 40 mph and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane this weekend as it moves toward the Leeward Islands. Tropical Storm Fiona remained north of the Caribbean with winds of 60 mph and is expected to move toward Bermuda over the next several days.
Tags: Barack Obama, Cape Cod, Delaware, FEMA, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Tropical storm fiona, Tropical storm gaston