National Hurricane Center tracking is keeping tabs on Hurricane Earl as well as tropical storm Fiona. The latest tracking of Earl has prompted North Carolina to order both tourists and residents to leave a barrier island in the state.
Ocracoke Island Evacuated as Hurricane Earl Threatens
Officials will begin evacuating Ocracoke Island, which is accessible by only ferries, on Wednesday morning. Both tourists and residents must leave the island as Earl threatens the region. MSNBC says that about 5,000 visitors and 800 residents will be affected by the decision. The residents are not required to leave, but are advised to do so.
Currently Earl is a Category 4 hurricane with 135 miles per hour winds. The latest forecasts predict that the storm will hit North Carolina late Thursday or early Friday morning. After that, the path is not sure, but it may hit Cape Cod and Maine late Friday and into Saturday. The entire region is preparing for the worst in the wake of such strong winds from Earl. As of now, this is the strongest storm to threaten the East Coast since 1991â€™s Hurricane Bob.
You can check out Earlâ€™s exact location and statistics at this hurricane tracker. There is some concern that the storm will get close to New York City, so meteorologists are telling people to keep themselves weather aware by watching the hurricane tracker. The video below gives more details about Hurricane Earlâ€™s track.