Hurricane Earl projected path estimates are still forming. Yet the Hurricane Earl projected path has already made Ocracoke Island take action, since the Hurricane is still headed for the East Coast. Ocracoke Island is a popular tourist destination in North Carolina, but all vacation plans are subject to change this weekend. Evacuations of the island are already under way, since the storm could come nearby by tomorrow night. At this point, it is crunch time for those close to the Hurricane Earl projected path this weekend.
Ocracoke Island will have no tourists for the Labor Day holiday, since a projected 5,000 visitors were evacuated as of 5 a.m. this morning, according to the Associated Press. However, the island still has 800 year-round residents who are not required to leave. The evacuation is only mandatory for tourists, although some locals may clear out for the weekend too.
The Hurricane Earl projected path will take it near the East Coast sometime tomorrow night, or on Friday morning. North Carolina and Virginia are declaring hurricane watches, as they could be the first states affected on Friday morning. By Saturday morning, it might reach Cape Cod and the Maine shoreline.
As of this morning, the storm has been downgraded to a Category 3, so it will likely be less daunting by Friday. Yet the Hurricane Earl projected path has put the storm all too close to the coast. Therefore, even if it is weaker, it could cause a lot of shore damage and endanger tourists.
For those on Ocracoke Island, they are taking early precautions since the system is closer to them. It is only accessible by ferry, so, if people are going to leave, they have to do it now before it’s too late. Other locations near the Hurricane Earl projected path are likely shoring up emergency plans, if they haven’t already.
Thus far, the storm has gone through the Caribbean, while it has just passed the Bahamas. These areas have already suffered the worst, and are still preparing for Tropical Storm Fiona later on. The U.S. East Coast is unlikely to get that kind of damage, although the impact on Labor Day vacations will be notable.
The likes of Ocracoke Island are already readying for the worst, while other shore areas are issuing warnings. Once the Hurricane Earl projected path reaches the East Coast, officials and vacationers will see if those preparations paid off, or if they weren’t that necessary.
Associated Press- “NC vacation island to be cleared as Earl nears”
New York Times- “Evacuations as Hurricane Earl Approaches U.S”
The News Of Today- “Hurricane Earl Forces Evacuation of Ocracoke Island – Projected Path”