Earl Central

Ominous signs coming from Hurricane Earl today, including new worries that its trajectory may be shifting to the west. Ocracoke evacuation ordered.

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We're watching closely here in Wilmington

Folks are hitting the grocery stores and gas stations and obviously paying attention. We'll know soon whether it's to be a scramble to get the panels up and hunker down...or just have a few strong gusts.

Stan Bozarth

Stay safe, buddy

And keep us posted, if you can.

Earl update

Original here

Earl is a Category 4 storm again with 135 MPH winds. Watches and warnings have been extended. The new NHC track has Earl almost making landfall on the Outer Banks of NC. Keep in mind that this can change at any time over the next few days, but this is not what we want to see.

These directly from the NHC:

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * BOGUE INLET NORTH CAROLINA NORTHEASTWARD TO THE NORTH
CAROLINA/VIRGINIA BORDER INCLUDING THE PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE
SOUNDS.

A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR... * NORTH OF THE NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA BORDER TO CAPE HENLOPEN
DELAWARE. * WOODS HOLE TO SAGAMORE BEACH MASSACHUSETTS...INCLUDING MARTHAS
VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * FROM CAPE FEAR TO WEST OF BOGUE INLET NORTH CAROLINA. * FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA BORDER TO SANDY HOOK NEW
JERSEY...INCLUDING DELAWARE BAY SOUTH OF SLAUGHTER BEACH AND THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY SOUTH OF NEW POINT COMFORT.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR... * SANDY HOOK NEW JERSEY TO WOODS HOLE MASSACHUSETTS...INCLUDING
BLOCK ISLAND AND LONG ISLAND SOUND. * NORTH OF SAGAMORE BEACH TO THE MOUTH OF THE MERRIMACK RIVER
MASSACHUSETTS.

I've updated the above image to reflect the new watches and warnings

More Hurricane Prep Info (pre- and post-storm)

... is available at this link right here. These tips are good now and for the remainder of the hurricane season which continues for several more months.

Furthermore, check out the Consumer Services section of the NC Department of Insurance website for additional information.

And, as an aside, my hat is off to BlueNC and my fellow commenters for providing helpful public safety updates and regular reports on the trek of Hurricane Earl. Social media - such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter and their kith and kin - are positively proving to be terrific tools for public safety awareness.