The Hurricane Earl path watch is still under close scrutiny. Although the Hurricane Earl path doesn’t have the storm arriving here for a while, the current projected path looks more and more ominous. People have hoped that it will just graze the U.S. East Coast as it dies down, and not affect anyone’s Labor Day weekend. However, it appears that it will make an impact in some shape or fashion. The current Hurricane Earl path speculation is on when it will arrive, and what it will hit on the way.
Yesterday, the storm made its impact on the Caribbean as a Category 4, damaging homes and power lines. Although it only became an official storm on Sunday, Earl has shot up rapidly to become a dangerous system – and one that could impact the holiday.
The latest Hurricane Earl path projection has it approaching the East Coast by late Thursday at the earliest. This would put it in line to impact beaches just as the Labor Day weekend starts. Obviously, this is causing a great deal of anxiety for tourists, and for vacationing families.
However, by the time the Hurricane Earl path makes it to the U.S., it should be far less powerful. At this point, it seems it will do most of its damage on Friday before moving out for the rest of the weekend. Yet the National Hurricane Center warns that coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine should be careful when it does hit.
The center of the storm could be 150 miles away from the Jersey Shore by Friday, according to the National Weather Center. Still, after the Hurricane Earl path goes past the shores, New Jersey will have 70 degree temperatures the rest of the weekend.
Until then, the shores are vulnerable to rip currents, ocean swells, rough surf, and potential coastal flooding. Rip currents already caused some damage last week, as the remains of Hurricane Danielle caused the death of a Florida surfer and made a swimmer from Maryland go missing.
Even if the Hurricane Earl path results in a weaker system by Friday, going out near the ocean may still be too dangerous. Since it is a Category 4 now, it might still have somewhat of a punch if it reaches the U.S. That alone could be enough to make the beaches hazardous for Friday.
Over the next two days, there will be a greater idea of the Hurricane Earl path, and how dangerous the storm will be if it gets here. Even if the outlook improves, however, it may not lessen any cause for concern.
Los Angeles Times- “Earl, a Category 4 hurricane, on course towards US East Coast after battering Caribbean”
NJ.com- “Hurricane Earl heads toward United States”