Earl Downgraded to Tropical Storm As It Continues Moving North

Hurricane Earl off the Southeastern United States September 2, 2010

Hurricane Earl is no more.  The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made its way along the Atlantic shore towards Canada.  The storm lost strength at a rapid rate over a 36 hour period prior to moving into the Northeastern United States.  Officials were still not sure exactly how much damage the storm caused as it rolled through Long Island, New Jersey, and costal Massachusetts communities.

The storm was downgraded before it ever hit the Northeaster coastal communities.  Earl had battered the Caribbean throughout the week before moving to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and causing flooding and forced evacuations.  While the storm did cause damage in the North Carolina area, there were no injuries reported due to the storm.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate said that while the organization was prepared for the worst, they were optimistic that the storm would cause little damage.  Fugate warned area residents in the path of the storm that, while it is important to be aware of danger as the storm is coming through, it is equally important to be aware of the dangers that exist after the storm, such as downed power lines.

As the storm was moving towards the Northeastern seaboard many beaches in New Jersey, Delaware, Long Island, and Connecticut were closed due to the storm causing surges and riptides.  Additionally, many people’s weekend plans were disrupted because of canceled fights and a stoppage of train service between New York and Boston.

Earl is expected to continue to dissipate as it continues to move north towards the cooler air of Canada.

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