From North Carolina to Canada: waiting for Hurricane Earl

| 9/2/2010

The National Weather Service continues to issue hurricane watches and warnings as far north as Canada for Hurricane Earl, which was expected to reach North Carolina’s outer banks by nightfall Thursday.

Boasting 125 mph winds, Earl remained a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it moved toward the North Carolina coast. It is also a large storm with hurricane force winds occurring as far as 90 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm force winds occurring up to 200 miles away from the eye of the storm.

The National Weather Service also cautioned inland residents to be aware of the threat of flooding and tornadoes spawned by Hurricane Earl.

While Earl was expected to continue weakening throughout the week, it is not going to weaken quickly. When it makes initial landfall, it will be a “powerful storm.”

The coastal areas are spotted with evacuation orders. States of emergency have been declared, and at least North Carolina has waived hours-of-service regulations for the anticipated recovery once Earl moves from the area.

The order allows an exemption from 49 CFR Part 395 to permit “the uninterrupted supply of electricity, fuel oil, diesel oil, gasoline, kerosene, propane, liquid petroleum gas, food, water, and medical supplies to residential and commercial establishments (that) is essential during the storm and after the storm and any interruption in the delivery of those commodities threatens the public welfare.”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has also set up a web page to assist truckers in navigating the regulations in a state of emergency.