September 2nd, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Earl weakening as it approaches East Coast

CNN Wire Staff

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (CNN) - Even as Hurricane Earl weakened Thursday afternoon, East Coast residents scrambled to ready themselves ahead of its arrival.

Earl is now barely a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. ET advisory.

Hurricane warnings and watches stretched from North Carolina to Delaware and into Massachusetts, where a hurricane warning was issued for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and the surrounding area. A hurricane watch was also issued for the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.

At 5 p.m. ET, Earl's center was about 185 miles (300 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and about 670 miles (1,080 kilometers) south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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Updated: 6:19 p.m.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. robin r robertson

    My prayers goes out to everyone back east!My parents are in the Carolina state!I prayer that the storms weakens and leave instantly!Robin,Cali

    September 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  2. rob

    Anderson C. i used to sail out of NC the SOBX (southern Capes) and i can tell you i have not heard one word about if the storm will push water @ hi-tide or lo-tide makes a big
    difference about the flooding but the moon is on the waine. 20 years going to sea i sea these storms as a true force of nature

    September 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Katrina weakened as it came ashore but the storm surge didn't – it was still the surge for a much stronger hurricane, so I hope that Earl;s storm surge has the time between it weakening and the time it hits land for its storm surge to go down as well (seems the storm surge from what was reported on Katrina recedes slower than the hurricane strength and there wasn't enough time on Katrina).

    September 2, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  4. JC-Los Angeles

    Even hurricanes want nothing today with America today.

    September 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  5. Denise

    I just hope the people of the east coast learned a valuable lesson from Katrina. Homes and property can eventually be replaced. Lives of loved ones can not. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone there including my own family member who live there.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm |