Hurricane Earl is expected to move up the East Coast later this week and might savage the coastal areas with high winds. Right now the hurricane is in the Caribbean as a Category 3 storm. As the week progresses, Earl may move up to a Category 4 hurricane.
Hurricane Earl now has winds of about 125 miles per hour. This storm is expected to keep gaining power as it moves up to the United States. Earl may hit the Atlantic coastal areas from about North Carolina to Maine. That makes a large portion of the East Coast vulnerable to this storm.
Hurricane Earl in North Carolina by End of Week
Hurricane Earl is expected to reach North Carolina on Thursday or Friday. This week, the week before Labor Day, is a big week for tourists to visit the East Coast. Will their vacation be one to remember due to a hurricane or will tourists be canceling plans to go to the shore as the weather forecasts get more dire as Earl approaches?
When Hurricane Earl hit in Antigua it caused about 5 inches of rain and 10-foot waves. Some residents left their homes to ride out the storm at emergency shelters. Will that happen here? Perhaps it would be best to start preparing an emergency bag in case a trip to the shelter during the hurricane is needed.
Warm ocean temperatures may be helping Hurricane Earl gain strength. With temperatures expected to be in the 90s this week in some areas of the East Coast this might add to the force with which this storm pounds the shore areas.
What Will the End of Summer 2010 Bring?
This storm may be quite the wild way to end the summer of 2010. And what hot and unusual weather this summer has seen already. A blasting hurricane to end this season would not be a surprise at all. Global warming seems to have changed our weather patterns in ways in which even the scientists don’t even yet understand.
Stock up Now on Supplies
Don’t wait until the end of the week. By then the stores may be wiped out and food and supplies may no longer be available. Get out to the stores now and get some supplies in case the winds and rain of the hurricane make it impossible to get out and about at the end of the week.
Find the Flashlights and Phone that Does Not Need Electricity
Also, dig out the flashlights and find the landline phone. Remember, if the power goes out the modern plug in electric phones will not work. An old fashioned phone that does not require electricity to function is crucial to have in the home for times when the power goes out.
Get ready for the storm now!