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  • Here comes Earl...

    Hi everyone.  It’s been a very busy day in the Fox Weather Center watching Hurricane Earl get stronger by the second.  I’m a little nervous about this storm as it could get dangerously close to the Northeast coast later this week.  I called my husband this morning to make sure he know our hurricane “zone” and what our escape route would be if and when a hurricane came our way.  Everyone needs to be thinking about their hurricane preparation plan if you live from the Coastal Carolinas up into Maine.  I’d say the Outer Banks and Cape Cod and the Islands need to pay particularly close attention to the forecasts in the next few days as they are the most vulnerable in the “Cone of Uncertainty”

    Here’s the track from the NHC, and you can see what I’m talking about with that “Cone”

    Water Temperatures are very warm in the Caribbean right now, so further strengthening of Earl is expected over the next few days.  Right now the storm has winds of 125 mph and is lashing the Northern Lesser Antilles and the Virgin Islands.   Earl is our second major hurricane of the season (right after Danielle) , is forecast to become a dangerous  Cat 4 storm with winds in excess of 140 mph.   There is still a lot of uncertainty with the storms path and exact intensity, but at the very least we will see strong waves, rip currents and beach erosion especially from the coastal Carolinas up through coastal Maine.   There were hundreds of water rescues this weekend at the beaches, and two people died from the waves and rip-currents that were worsened by Danielle’s path.

    Needless to say, we’re going to watch this one very carefully this week, and I hope that everyone in it’s path thinks about what they would do if a hurricane was on their doorstep, and plan accordingly.

    JD

Carole Handley

I am a weather junkie when it effects me and mine. Mine happen to be at Camp Lejeune, NC and the Naval Nuclear Training Station in Goose Creek SC. -I wish that you would station a reporter at any Military installation that is closest to the bad weather. In this case Camp Lejeune. I know that there are Miltary families all across the US that would appreciate the coverage. -We search for any scrap of news when they are deployed. -This is an easy way to let us know stateside they are safe.

September 3, 2010 at 2:46 am

Wanda

My family is in Jacksonville, NC and we have been through may hurricanes we know the danger. My prayers all with ya'll and everyone on the East coast seek shelter if you have to ride Earl out. A cat 4 is nothing to take lighty. God Bless!

August 31, 2010 at 11:29 am

Zettalee

I have two daughters with their families in Wilmington North Carolina. One daughter and her husband are paramedics and will have to stay in area for emergency status. My other daughter is a nurse that works at a local nursing home. She too has to stay in area unless they evacuate the nursing home. Please pray that Earl either weakens significantly or stays well off shore. Otherwise, all you living from South Carolina on up to Maine be prepared to seek shelter or to evacuate! Be careful!

August 31, 2010 at 8:45 am

Richard " across the pond "

Hey guys just wanted to drop by and say hello to everybody!, Janice CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BABY NEWS!!!WOW!!!!!, hope everybody is well, get well soon Don may the lord give you strength,God bless and take care everybody & stay safe! Richard.

August 31, 2010 at 4:52 am

Jill- Charlotte, NC

our daughter just started her freshman year at UNC Wilmington. Hope Earl weakens so they dont have to evacuate!

August 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm

JB in Texas

JD, I just saw you doing late reporting a few minutes ago with Shep at the end of his show. Sorry that this old curmudgeon couldn't stay awake long enough to see you on Red Eye.I am sure you were funny and charming! I hope that Earl weakens and stays away from civilization on the East Coast. My prayers go out for the safety of all affected. Margie, thanks for the Don updates. A.J, have a safe trip to Carolina and be careful. Hope all are well and safe. Take care, JB

August 30, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Earl

First time I've ever had a hurricane with my name. Hopefully it wont get out of control, be safe everybody.

August 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Wenchie

Margie. Give Don my love and prayers. We are keeping our eyes close on Earl. We already expect to close for the season early because the heat of the summer just pushed everything. Earl could just take what is left in the fields and destroy it. It's been a lean year, but we are tired. If Mother Nature decides we close even earlier, part of us will be relieved in some ways. Ready for the season to be O-VA!

August 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey folks, I hope people along the coast will take this storm seriously, unlike Nick who seems rather ignorant to me. I hope he doesn't regret his foolishness if Earl gives Presque Island a direct hit. In other news, I talked to Don yesterday & he said he has a urinary tract infection. Hopefully he won't be in the hospital too long. I'll keep you posted if I hear any further news. I hope everyone has a great week! Margie

August 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Gwen in Mississippi

Hi JD. It is always best to prepare well in advance for a hurricane. If it fizzles out, oh well, you were prepared just in case it didn't. I must admit, I watched almost none of the weekend Katrina coverage. The media is so focused on NO (which did have a tragic event), but they've totally forgotten all the other areas that were destroyed. It makes me angry, so it's best if I just turn it off. I hope all area having a great day! Gwen

August 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Nick-presque isle, ME

Bring it on earl! lol

August 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Elaine - Rockland, MA

I hope Earl doesn't lose his cool.........I live in MA and I want to go out boating this coming sunday - labor day weekend...........so keep your cool Earl...........Elaine (Lanie)

August 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.