Hurricane warnings have been issued for Anguilla, St. Martin, the US and Brittish Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, St. Eustaius. Hurricane force conditions are expected within 12 hours. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kits, Nevis & Puerto Rico.
Earl is located at approx 11 am Central Time 95 miles East Northeast of St. Thomas, and 165 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Earl is moving West/Northwest at a forward speed of 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph within the storm and gusts to 150 mph. Earl’s central pressure is 960 mb. This is by all means a dangerous hurricane, and people with concern along the Atlantic seabord especially around Outer Banks, North Carolina, Virginia Beach, and Myrtle Beach need to be prepared for effects from Earl in the next 2-3 days. While this storm is expected to stay over open waters, it is looking more and more likely that it will be close to the coast, creating dangerous surf, beach erosion, heavy rain and dangerous hurricane force winds.