Earl Regains Cat. 4 Strength

Earl is once again a category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.  Maximum sustained winds have jumped back up to 135 mph as the system continues to trek toward the North Carolina Outer Banks.

BULLETIN
HURRICANE EARL ADVISORY NUMBER  30
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL     AL072010
500 PM EDT WED SEP 01 2010

...DANGEROUS AND LARGE HURRICANE EARL POSES A THREAT TO THE
MID-ATLANTIC COAST...WATCHES AND WARNINGS EXTENDED NORTHWARD
THROUGH MASSACHUSETTS...

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...26.3N 73.3W
ABOUT 235 MI...380 KM E OF GREAT ABACO ISLAND
ABOUT 630 MI...1010 KM SSE OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...135 MPH...215 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 17 MPH...28 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...941 MB...27.79 INCHES

The forecast has remained steady with most computer models taking Earl to a position very near Cape Hatteras late Thursday night and then turning the storm northeast away from the mid Atlantic coast on Friday.

On the forecast track the storm will likely produce tropical storm force winds on the Maryland and Delaware beaches with tides running 1 to 3 feet above normal around the Chesapeake Bay.  In advance of those conditions the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the coast and a Coastal Flood Watch for the western shore of the bay throughout Thursday.

The storm should begin to pull away from Maryland and Delaware Friday evening with a cold front sweeping in from the west Friday night.  Behind the cold front a much more comfortable air mass is expected to arrive for the Labor Day weekend.  More on the storm later tonight on WBAL-TV 11 News at 11pm.

Tom Tasselmyer

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