Weakened Earl Moves North

Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 7:40am

New England braces after Hurricane Earl brushes the Outer Banks.

Hurricane Earl is racing up the East Coast as a weaker Category One storm.

The storm is lashed the North Carolina Outer Banks overnight.

The eye of the hurricane stayed far off shore, but close enough to bring driving wind and rain to the barrier islands.

First light revealed minor storm damage and flooding.

Still, many are breathing a sigh of relief.

As Earl races northward, residents along the coast are bracing.

Officials are warning New Englanders not to take this storm lightly.

"Although nor'easters get exciting around here, this hurricane is something to take a lot more seriously," warned Nantucket Police Chief Bill Pitman.

Forecasters expect the hurricane to pass 50 to 100 miles southeast of Nantucket tonight.

Tropical storm force winds and hurricane force wind gusts are expected to reach the mainland as many watch and wait for the storm to pass and the Labor Day weekend to begin.

A state of emergency remains in effect for Cape Cod and portions of coastal Massachusetts.

About a half dozen Red Cross and Salvation Army shelters have been set up and activated in case people need to take cover.

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