Earl Prompts Evacuations

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 9:21am

Residents along Eastern seaboard nervously await Hurricane Earl's next move.

Calm seas can't hide the concerns as Hurricane Earl, a major storm, continues to close in on the East Coast.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said, "From North Carolina to Maine, any of these areas could be impacted. We need people to recognize that they need to get ready now."

The current forecast track shows Earl brushing the coast in the next couple of days.

The Weather Channel’s Dr. Rick Knabb said, "It doesn't have to make landfall to have very significant impacts."

North Carolina's Outer Banks will most likely be the first to feel the effects of Earl.

Vacationer John Grove said, "I think everybody's concerned. Locals are saying it's just winking at us, so we're going to hang out and see what happens. Until they run us off the island, I guess we'll be alright."

Evacuation orders are already in effect on Ocracoke Island and more are expected later today.

As far north as Massachusetts, many aren't waiting for orders. Some are already pulling boats from the waters and preparing to ride out the storm.

One resident said, "I'll hunker down in the basement if need be...and we have plenty of supplies"

The entire East Coast now anxiously awaits an unwelcome guest…Hurricane Earl.

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