If it does, it is going to be disaster because Earl is a powerful Category 4 storm.
Tourist started to evacuate Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island and tourists were largely gone from North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
The governors of North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland declared states of emergency.
Emergency officials on Cape Cod braced for their first major storm since
Bob brought winds of up to 100 mph to coastal New England in August 1991.
- Preparing for the Category 4 storm as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
- People prepare to leave a vacation rental house in Avon, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)