Hurricane Earl projected path and now affecting Antigua

By on Aug 30, 2010 in Natural Disasters, United States, World Comments

While the world continues to commemorate the 5th anniversary Hurricane Katrina that killed 1,600 people, Earl became a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday and now affecting Antigua.

On the left is the Hurricane Earl projected path.

According to reports, the center of Hurricane Earl was about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Barbuda and about 185 miles (300 kilometers) east of St. Martin. Maximum sustained winds had increased slightly to 85 mph (140 kph) and higher gusts, and the storm was heading west-northwest at near 14 mph (22 kph).

Hurricane Earl is expected to steadily strengthen over the next few days, becoming a major hurricane by early Tuesday. It was seen moving to the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour, and is expected to gradually slow down over the next couple of days.

A hurricane warning was in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius.

As of 5 p.m., the government of Antigua and Barbuda also had added the British Virgin Islands to the warning, forecasters said.

“Strengthening of Hurricane Earl is expected during the next 48 hours, and is forecast to become a major hurricane by Tuesday,” they added.

However, weather forecasters also see it to turn west-northwest and slow down over the next day. Tracking maps show it moving northward away from the Caribbean and possibly affecting the U.S. East Coast by Friday.

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