Hurricane Earl path prompts tropical-storm or hurricane warnings from North Carolina to Hull, Mass. Earl, packing 140 m.p.h. winds, is slated to brush Cape Hatteras overnight.
Hurricane Earl path is likely to be near Cape Hatteras Thursday night. Both it and Ocracoke Island are under evacuation orders.
Tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic typically reaches its peak in this August-to-October period. Hurricane Danielle is now a Category 4 storm, and tropical storm Earl is building. A third storm system appears to be taking shape.