As Labor Day weekend draws near, for Americans on the East Coast so does a Category 4 hurricane by the folksy name of Earl. Good people of North Carolina, you’re on notice. –KA


Residents and tourists anywhere from North Carolina up to New England should keep track of this storm,” Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the center, said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Miami. “It’s too early to tell what kind of impact will occur.”

The chances are 10 percent that the U.S. will experience hurricane-force winds of at least 74 mph in the next three days, according to Tropical Storm Risk, a London-based venture that grew out of a U.K. government-supported tsunami initiative.

TSR puts the possibility of tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 mph at 60 percent in the same time period. Both Cape Hatteras, in North Carolina, and Chatham, Mass., have a 10 percent risk of hurricane-force winds.

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