Weakened, But Still Powerful Earl Headed Near Tri-State

NEW YORK (CBS 2 / WCBS 880/ 1010 WINS/AP) — Forecasters said Hurricane Earl was weakening as it passed over North Carolina’s Outer Banks early Friday, but was still packing powerful winds as it headed up the Eastern Seaboard.

The National Hurricane Center said Earl’s winds were now at about 105 mph — which is Category 2 strength. A new tropical storm warning was issued for New England from the coasts of Massachusetts to Maine.

In our area, a Tropical Storm Watch was issued for New York City and much of the Tri-State’s eastern shores are under a Tropical Storm Warning. So what exactly can you expect from Mother Nature?

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CBS 2 meteorologist Lonnie Quinn said Earl could become a category 1 storm by 2p.m. Friday afternoon.

The storm’s expected path means the Tri-State area won’t take a direct hit and while Earl is certainly cause for concern, it won’t be nearly as devastating as past storms.

However, some hurricane experts said residents should remain alert.

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“These things are completely unpredictable beasts,” said Steven Englebright, the curator of geology at Stony Brook University, who is also a New York state assemblyman.

At the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, Queens, officials were hopeful that the matches could go on.

“If it [Hurricane Earl] maintains the current size it’s at, there’s a very good chance we could be affected,” said Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the United States Tennis Association.

CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported from Bay Head that the waters of the Manasquan River were visibly “getting choppy” by Thursday.

Closer to the ocean, the effects of Earl — including huge waves engulfing surfers, boats maneuvering in rough waters and closed beaches — could be seen.

“We’re noticing the swell and I think the outer bands of the storm are approaching we’re noticing the swell of the ocean boiling up from that,” NJ State Police Trooper Rick Pokorny said.

“This is only the tip of the iceberg I think we can expect a lot more [Friday] and [Friday] night,” Porkorny said.

Earl’s ascent has also led to some rough surf along the Jersey Shore.

CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported that several areas of Manasquan Beach had already been red flagged — barring people from swimming there. The danger is a result of rip currents — brought on by the impending arrival of Earl.

Even if Earl stays well offshore, it will kick up rough surf and dangerous rip currents up and down the coast through Labor Day weekend.

“This is the strongest hurricane to threaten the northeast and New England since Hurricane Bob in 1991,” said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center. “They don’t get storms this powerful very often.”

Suffolk County officials decided to close all ocean-based beaches Thursday afternoon.

The possibility of the impending hurricane means travel trouble looms for airline passengers at local airports.

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Delays and cancellations are expected at airports up and down the East Coast this weekend. Continental said its hub at Newark Liberty Airport will likely be affected by the storm.

Several airlines are now allowing passengers to reschedule their trips and avoid the hurricane without a penalty — including Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways, AirTran and Frontier.

That move can save air travelers anywhere from $50 to $100.

With the forecast on Earl constantly changing stay with CBSNewYork.com over the coming days for the latest updates.

List of counties currently under severe weather watches and warnings:

Tropical Storm Watch in CT – Southern Fairfield

Tropical Storm Warning in CT – Southern Middlesex , Southern New Haven , Southern New London

Inland Tropical Wind Watch in CT – Northern New London

Tropical Storm Warning in NJ – Coastal Ocean , Eastern Monmouth , Ocean , Southeastern Burlington , Western Monmouth

Tropical Storm Watch in NJ – Essex , Hudson , Middlesex , Union

Tropical Storm Watch – Bronx , Kings (Brooklyn) , Nassau , New York (Manhattan) , Queens , Richmond (Staten Is.) , Southern Westchester

Tropical Storm Warning – Northeast Suffolk , Northwest Suffolk , Southeast Suffolk , Southwest Suffolk

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  • petlove2010

    this expensive homes near the water are real problem me personally against it!

  • Liz

    Kelly Cobiella’s coverage of Earl from South Carolina was absolutely awful and really destroyed credibility for the news team, with Maurice and Mary thanking her for braving the elements when she was obviously reporting from a studio, with a green screen behind her. Driving horizontal rain in the background, yet Kelly remained dry and there was no rain in front of her. There was a fan blowing to make it seem as though it was windy. But where was the bucket of water? Or better yet, a garden hose playing on her. Very sad. You lose points on that one. The public is not as stupid as you would like to think. Boo. Hiss.

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  • Cait

    wow you guys are harsh!!! a lot of these people over here are loving and kind people who dont deserve any of this ill will you are sending their way!!!! back off and pray no one is injured or worse killed!!!!!

    • Liz

      I am glad no one was injured or harmed and would never wish that on anyone. However, when the wealthy choose to build homes in an area they know might be struck by a natural disaster, they should not expect the public at large to bail them out. I hate hearing that my tax dollars are contributing to their rebuilding efforts, especially now with so many people out of work. If they want to live there, they need to be prepared to pay the price.

  • wisehiney

    Yep, those selfish people that live by the water remind me of all those selfish food stamp, welfare, unemployment, social security, disability, subsidized student loan etc receipients, very selfish.

  • Dan Smith

    As long as they can make other people pay when the weather turns bad, selfish people will continue to build expensive homes near the water.

    Selfish, selfish people.

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  • August

    New York City need a good hosing-down…

  • Mak

    I have no sympathy for people who live too close to the water. Respect the ocean. Respect its strength. And don’t make us pay for it when your waterfront deck falls into the ocean. “A foolish man builds his house upon the sand.”

    • DP

      you are a sad pathetic man with jealousy in your heart. I hope your trailer doesn’t get blown over in a tornado.

      • BD

        He does have a point though, DP. Why WOULD anybody build a house so close to the ocean edge? Would you build a house on the side of a volcano because you liked the view?

  • Christopher

    I hope Earl blows away the cast of the Jersey Shore.

    • James Earl Juanes

      Snooki better watch that nasty hairdo!

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    • sad Situation

      LOL! We can’t be that lucky!

  • Ted

    Good afternoon: I just would like to know, if there is an American who is stuck in abnother country and can’t get back to the United States or be able to make her connections in the United States to possibly get help, where can she go to get assitance to get back to the United States. Thank you

    • dmt

      She can go to the U.S. Embassy in whatever country she is in. They will help her.

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