Hurricane Earl headed north off East Coast
Core of storm still expected to pass east of North Carolina
Next Earl update at 11 p.m.
Hurricane Earl continues to weaken as it moves northward from a position east of the S.C./N.C. coastal border while rainbands associated with the storm move closer to shore (see radar loop). As of 5 p.m. the center of Hurricane Earl was about 185 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. and the storm was moving north at 18 mph. With winds sustained at 115 mph, Earl is still a Category 3 storm but it is now nearing the lower end of that scale (111-130 mph).
Over the next few hours, the northward movement should begin to shift slightly east of due north as impacts from an approaching cold front are felt. Given its current position, the center is still likely to pass quite close to the Outer Banks but should remain offshore. By early afternoon tomorrow, the storm should be just about due east of this area while accelerating to the northeast.
In this area, we're not expecting much other than some clouds and a wind shift or two. See our PM Update for more on local weather.
Capital Weather Gang
| September 2, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories: Tropical Weather
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