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Hurricane Earl is Only Getting Stronger--We'd Better Hope Land is Missed

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneySep 2, 2010 4:56 PM

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Earl is traveling northward, but not weakening. The National Hurricane Center now puts the storm's strength at 125 knot maximum sustained winds--well into the Category 4 range. 135 knots is the cutoff for Category 5. Earl is not currently forecast to get any stronger, but a few forecasts ago it wasn't expected to get up to 125 knots, either. The storm will pass the Outer Banks late tonight and, fortunately, it seems very likely that its strongest parts will remain offshore. The next evening, Massachusetts may not fare as well--but Earl will surely be weaker by then. Here's the latest forecast track:

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