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Hurricane watch issued for North Carolina as Earl nears

Posted Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 9:05 pm

A hurricane watch was issued for the North Carolina coast Tuesday as the “”large and intense”” Hurricane Earl churned closer to the US mainland, the National Hurricane Center said.

Earl remained a strong category four hurricane with fierce winds of up to 135 miles (215 kilometers) an hour, moving to the northwest.

At 2100 GMT it was centered 150 miles (245 kilometers) east of Grand Turk Island on the Turks and Caicos and 1,000 miles (1,605 kilometers) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

A hurricane watch, which means there is potential for hurricane-force winds to hit the area, was posted for an area from Surf City to Duck in North Carolina.

US officials were keeping a cautious eye on the storm warning evacuation plans may have to be put in place in some coastal areas.

The powerful storm brushed past Puerto Rico Tuesday and steamed northwest towards the Bahamas on a path that may hit the eastern US seaboard.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for the Turks and Caicos and a tropical storm watch for the southeastern Bahamas.

If the forecasts are accurate, Earl could trigger dangerous waves and surf in the United States, wrecking plans for vacationers for the upcoming Labor Day weekend on a large portion of the east coast.

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