Katrina anniversary marked as Hurricane Earl gathers force

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Hurricane Earl is building in the Caribbean, and may upgrade to a Category Four by Labor Day. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans was recently observed, but on that most auspicious occasion, another tropical storm is currently building off the Gulf Coast. Tropical storm Earl was re-dubbed Hurricane Earl, as it has graduated to a hurricane force storm system. The hurricane is building in the Caribbean, and it is now a Category Three storm. It is unknown exactly where it might land if it hits the coast of the United States, but it is anticipated it may hit the coast of North Carolina.

Hurricane Earl to hit Puerto Rico

First in the Hurricane Earl projected path is Puerto Rico. According to ABC, the islands of Vieques and Culebra have been issued storm warnings. The storm has already caused damage in Antigua and caused flooding in the Leeward Islands. The Leewards are part of the Lesser Antilles, a large group of islands east of Puerto Rico and north of South America. The Leeward Islands include the U.S. Virgin Islands, which have experienced flooding due to Hurricane Earl. Hurricane warnings are in effect for the rest of the Leewards as well. It isn’t known what the extent of any Hurricane Earl Puerto Rico damage will be.

Hurricane Earl 2010 may hit U.S. coast

Currently, a Hurricane Earl projected path is unclear. The storm could easily become a Category Four. According to CNN, it is unknown whether the Hurricane Earl path will include the United States. However, it is projected that some of the effects of the storm will hit the shores of North Carolina by Labor Day weekend. It’s anticipated that North Carolina will experience large swells, and some ocean currents, but no major damage. However, Hurricane Earl 2010 might dissipate within days, or get worse and hit the Atlantic coast hard.

Hurricane Danielle downgraded

Hurricane Danielle, previously Tropical Storm Danielle, has begun to dissipate. There will likely be little more effect from that storm system than some wind and rain. However, the 2010 hurricane season isn’t over.


Hurricane Earl has become a Category Four hurricane. It has headed towards the coast of the United States. According to Fox News, the storm will briefly hit the coast, and then head back out to sea. Flooding is a major possibility and FEMA is mobilizing early.

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