Evacuations Ordered as Hurricane Earl Approaches Coast

Atlanta 9/01/2010 01:54 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Mandatory evacuations were ordered Wednesday for Okracoke Island and Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina as Hurricane Earl approaches the coast. Though Earl was downgraded to a category 3 storm on Wednesday, forecasters warned the storm’s strength could fluctuate over the next 48 hours.

A hurricane watch has been issued for parts of the North Carolina coast up to Parramore Island in Virginia. Tracking maps show Earl reaching North Carolina early Friday morning. As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, Earl had winds near 125 mph and was located about 815 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm is moving northwest at 26 mph.

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