Hurricane watch issued for Va.'s beaches
The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and North Hampton, as Hurricane Earl continues to move north from the Caribbean along the East Coast.
Visitors to the North Carolina island of Ocracoke were ordered to evacuate starting at 5 a.m., the Associated Press reported. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, which forecasters said could still create significant disruptions in coastal areas heading into the holiday weekend.
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) plans to declare an emergency on Wednesday, a preliminary step needed to muster emergency personnel should Earl hit the state, the Associated Press reported.
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