Hurricane Earl Threatens North Carolina

By Swatilekha Paul, Gaea News Network
Thursday, September 2, 2010

HATTERAS ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA ( In the wake of the maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour of Hurricane Earl, a state of emergency has been announced in the states of North Carolina, Virginia as well as Mayland as the hurricane threatens to strike land. Evacuation orders are in effect in large parts of North Carolina with the officials in the state extending the orders to news regions on Thursday with the aim of minimizing the damage to life and property.

The emergency relief officials of North Carolina have made it clear that the evacuation orders have been implemented throughout Dare County as well as in the town of Nags Head which is a popular destination among tourists. According to the officials, more than 35,000 residents of the Hatteras and Ocracoke islands along the Outer Banks have been relocated to safer places as high winds and torrential rains are likely to lash parts of the state. All the necessary steps are being taken by the authorities after Hurricane Earl was upgraded to the Category 4 storm while forecasters are predicting that it can take the shape of one of the most powerful storms to hit the nation.

On late Wednesday, Hurricane Earl was updated to Category 4 by the National Weather Service as its sustained winds escalated to 140 miles per hour which might result in widespread destruction depending on its proximity to the shore. At the same time, weather officials have also pointed out that Hurricane Earl would reach Outer Banks on Thursday night while it is expected to hit Delmarva Peninsula by Friday night.

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