Hurricane watches were extended from North Carolina to Cape Henlopen, Delaware, as Hurricane Earl continued toward the East Coast with 125-mph winds, U.S. forecasters said. Warnings are up from Bogue Inlet, North Carolina, to the Virginia line.
Tropical Storm Isaac left the coast of Haiti on a path toward Cuba and the Florida Keys, where it is forecast to arrive tomorrow at hurricane strength, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Some energy output in the Gulf of Mexico is shut.
Hurricane watches were posted for part of the North Carolina coast, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds, as Hurricane Earl approached, the National Hurricane Center said. Earl, still packing winds of 135 miles per hour, is a “large and intense” storm as it heads toward the U.S. East Coast, the center said at 4:45 p.m. Miami time.
Karl became a “major” hurricane, packing winds of 120 miles an hour and bearing down on Mexico’s east coast after closing oil wells in the Gulf, while Bermuda issued a hurricane watch as Igor approached.