Earl To Bring Glancing Blow To Northeast Coast

AccuWeather.com reports seas are already starting to build along the Delaware and New Jersey coastlines as powerful Hurricane Earl continues to churn toward the East Coast. People along the Northeast coast only have another day or two to prepare before the storm brings a glancing blow to the region. After lashing the Outer Banks of North Carolina Thursday night, Cape Cod and Nantucket will bear the brunt of Earl as it passes roughly 100 miles to the southeast Friday night. Earl is currently a large, major hurricane with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 90 miles and tropical storm-forcing winds reaching 200 miles out from the center. Earl's future track and intensity will govern what impacts it has on the East Coast. The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects Earl to weaken slightly as it approaches New England Friday and pass to the southeast as a Category 2 hurricane. Based on the current forecast track and strength, winds of at least tropical storm-force (greater than 40 mph) will impact Cape Cod and Nantucket. If Earl tracks farther to the northwest or remains a stronger storm, winds could even reach hurricane-force for a time, downing trees, power lines and causing minor damage to property. While winds are not expected to be as strong northwest of Cape Cod and Nantucket, the storm's rain will extend will inland through southern and eastern New England. Several inches of rain could fall in Boston, Providence, R.I., and Montauk, N.Y., late Friday into Friday night with flooding resulting in some areas. If the storm tracks far enough west, it could even bring a bit of rain to New York City during the day Friday. While the worst of Earl's wind and rain is expected to bypass the coast of New Jersey and Delaware, extremely rough surf, dangerous rip currents and coastal flooding will impact the region. Waves will build along the mid-Atlantic and New England coast through the end of the week, eventually reaching heights of 8 to 12 feet from Delaware to Ne