CNN Wire Staff
Cape Cod, Massachusetts (CNN) - Residents of New York and New England braced for a potential onslaught Friday from Hurricane Earl, which earlier lashed the North Carolina coastline with high winds and 35-foot waves.
North Carolina's governor, however, said her state had apparently "dodged the bullet." There had been no loss of life and there seemed to be minimal damage from the Category 2 hurricane, Gov. Bev Perdue told CNN.
The hurricane was roughly 130 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, according to an 8 a.m. ET report from the National Hurricane Center. Earl was registering maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, resulting in storm warnings from North Carolina to Nova Scotia.
CNN meteorologist Reynolds Wolf said the eye of the storm had collapsed. Earl "is starting to lose some of its structure," he said. "It is a dying storm, but is still a force to be reckoned with."
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