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On Long Island yesterday, Kerry Hosek of Bay Shore stocked up on water in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Earl.
Hurricane Earl appears to have weakened a little further, but it's still a powerful storm and is headed up the East Coast toward New York's Long Island and then on to Nantucket, Cape Cod and other parts of the New England coast later today.
Here are some important things to know as the day begins:
— As NPR's Greg Allen reported a short time ago on Morning Edition, Earl passed Cape Hatteras overnight, and fortunately the center of the storm was about 80 miles off shore. Still, Greg says, there have been "hurricane-speed" gusts of wind reported along the North Carolina and Virginia coasts.
— The Virginian-Pilot of Hampton Roads, Va., reports that folks in its circulation zone "can expect tropical storm force winds and a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet" this morning.
— The National Hurricane Center, as you can see from the map below, projects Earl will continue to skirt the coast as it moves north — before it grazes Long Island, Nantucket, and then heads toward Nova Scotia.
National Hurricane Center
— Long Island, by the way, "remains on alert" even though earlier predictions of a major event look like they were only so much "hot air," Newsday writes.
— The Boston Globe says Earl's expected track will "take it perilously close to Nantucket around midnight tonight."
NPR.org and The Two-Way will have more updates about Earl as the day continues.