Hurricane Earl eyes the East Coast

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As Tropical Storm Danielle dissipates in the North Atlantic, the East Coast is bracing for a possible brush with Hurricane Earl.

Earl is a powerful Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely but Earl is forecast to retain Category 4 status for the next day or two, says the NHC.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands and a watch is in effect for the southeastern Bahamas.

Tropical storm force winds extend as far as 200 miles from the hurricane. The NHC warns that interests from the Carolinas northward to New England should monitor the progress of Earl.

Projections from the NHC show the storm skirting the North Carolina coast early Friday morning and heading up the Eastern Seaboard.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, the NHC says to monitor updates from local National Weather Service forecast offices.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fiona, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, has formed in the Atlantic and is quickly moving westward, the NHC reports.

The center of Fiona is expected to pass near or northeast of the Northern Leeward islands early Wednesday. Early five-day projections show Fiona staying out in the Atlantic.