Hurricane Earl projected path outlooks have all centered on today. The Hurricane Earl projected path is now a reality, as the projections have it on track for the East Coast. All week, the East Coast shores have prepared for today, as the storm front inches closer toward altering Labor Day weekend. This is the day when it will cause the most damage, or skirt by without leaving much behind. After it went past North Carolina and Virginia last night, the Hurricane Earl projected path has the Northeast shores in its crosshairs at last.
North Carolina and Virginia were the first targets of the storm, as they had already evacuated tourists and locked up the Outer Banks. By the time it hit last night, it had been downgraded from a Category 4, to the relief of everyone.
The Hurricane Earl projected path was followed as expected, as it brought rain, winds and waves to the Southern coasts. However, no casualties have been reported, and the most severe damage appears to be limited to power outages. One road was reportedly cut off by waves, but early reports are more optimistic than expected.
Today, North Carolina and Virginia coast officials will take a fuller stock of what the storm brought. Meanwhile, the Hurricane Earl projected path now faces its biggest test, as the East Coast finally gets to see if their fears were warranted.
As of 8 a.m. est, the system had gone down to a Category 2, with winds topping out at 105 mph. It was passing east of the Outer Banks, according to the National Hurricane Center, and was 130 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras. The Hurricane Earl projected path now has the storm reaching the New England states by tonight.
The Jersey shore could escape the worst of it, with winds expected to reach only 40 mph. Yet Long Island, Cape Cod and Nantucket are now the areas to watch, as the system may skirt closest to them. Wind gust may increase to as much as 100 mph, if the storm gets close enough.
Now that the storm is weakening, the Hurricane Earl projected path is a little less daunting than it was a day or two ago. However, the East Coast is not uncrossing its fingers yet, as today is the decisive test of the system’s power.
Tomorrow, the coast lines will get to assess the damage, and prepare for a more peaceful end to Labor Day weekend. Once the Hurricane Earl projected path plays out, the remaining tourists and vacationers should have no further interference to their holiday — but they have to get through today’s speed bump first.
MSNBC- “Earl lashes N.C. coast, officials survey damage”
NJ.com- “Hurricane Earl path appears to be steering away from N.J.”
Reuters- “Hurricane Earl swipes U.S. east, but no big hit”