MAJOR HURRICANE TO PASS WELL EAST OF JAX

EARL heads to a break in the high pressure as a cold front meets it late Friday.

Earl is a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds around 135 mph. While the latest forecast has this major hurricane passing us about 300 miles offshore, stormy seas will cause very rough surf and dangerous rip currents. Even wading in knee-deep water at the beach can be dangerous. A sudden wave can raise the water level to chest high, and you could be unable to resist the force of the turbulent water.

Earl is a major hurricane and any further shift in the track westward could pose a very serious danger along our Mid-Atlantic and New England states. The last time a storm took this path was in 1999 when Hurricane Floyd ripped across eastern North Carolina. Prior to that, it was hurricane Bob in 1991 that brushed North Carolina and struck New England. The last time a hurricane hit New York City was 30 years ago in 1985 when hurricane Gloria crossed Long Island and struck New England.

Tropical storm Fiona has been struggling to organize into a strong tropical storm or hurricane. It is likely that it was fade away as it is stretched apart by the strong winds on the southeast side of powerful hurricane Earl.

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