Hurricane Earl unlikely to cause damage in Tampa Bay area

Tampa Bay area: Likely will see only breezy conditions — perhaps 15-20 mph — and little else unless Hurricane Earl's track moves farther to the west, Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said. There is a slight chance of rain over the weekend.

Florida's East Coast: Largely spared, but Earl will still bring plenty of danger. Hordes of surfers await what promises to be some of the most dramatic surf in many years. But that also means dangerous rip currents and monster waves.

North Carolina: Evacuation has begun on the Outer Banks. Earl was more than 520 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras on Wednesday night, with top sustained winds of 140 mph. A later-than-expected turn could mean the storm's eye makes landfall on the extreme eastern tip of North Carolina as a Category 3 storm late today or early Friday.

Mid Atlantic: State of emergency declared in Virginia, where up to 200 local National Guard soldiers and airmen are being activated for possible recovery operations. Maryland's governor advises travelers not to drive to or from Ocean City during the height of the storm.

New England: Heaviest rain and strongest winds will be confined to Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, where winds will gust over 45 mph.

in the Atlantic: Tropical Storm Fiona was packing 60 mph winds and following a track similar to that of Earl. In the Eastern Atlantic, Tropical Storm Gaston formed Wednesday evening, with maximum sustained winds around 40 mph.

Hurricane Earl unlikely to cause damage in Tampa Bay area 09/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 2, 2010 12:35am]

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