East Coast Braces for Earl

The last few years have been quite eventful in terms of natural disasters. Looking back just some months ago, Haiti was hit with a gigantic earthquake that totally destroyed their housing, infrastructure, economy and other portions of the country’s livelihood. Shortly after that Chile was also hit with a nasty earthquake, although not as awful as the one in Haiti. Just 5 years ago, the southern coast of Louisiana was absolutely torn up by Hurricane Katrina and is still attempting to recover, with estimates saying that a full recovery could take more than a decade.

Fresh off the heels of this anniversary, there are two hurricanes aiming for the East Coast, one that is already a category 4, which is one shy of the worst conditions possible.

Hurricane Earl is expected to move up the East Coast this Friday, but it is still unknown if it will swing into the New England area or veer northeast towards England. The East Hampton Star out of East Hampton, New York, has a story discussing the possible implications of a hurricane ravaging parts of New England:

“Regional officials are preparing for the worst this week as weather prognosticators attempt to determine what and where the storm named Earl will be when it passes through the region on Friday. A large population from both holiday visitors and the Hampton Classic going on through the weekend could make typical emergency preparations even more complicated, officials said.

Hurricanes often threaten this part of the coast in September, when the summer population is safely back at their desks and away from the shoreline. Earl, a Category 4 hurricane churning off the coast of Puerto Rico as of Tuesday, is likely to be at least tropical strength when it passes through this area on Friday and early Saturday, but it could be as strong as a Category 2 or Category 3 storm, according to Lt. Robert Iberger, Southampton Town’s emergency coordinator.”

Some towns are gathering portable shelters after seeing what has occurred this week in the Caribbean, with roofs being torn off homes and cars being absolutely tossed by 135 mile per hour winds. Make sure that if you are at risk of being effected by this hurricane that you gather up materials today or tomorrow before it’s too late.