Hurricane Earl Projected Path: Are You In It?

Julie Ryan Evans

Hurricane EarlAs Hurricane Danielle dwindles, Earl is stirring things up in the Caribbean and expected to keep going.

According to The Weather Channel, Earl is a Category 1, 85 mph hurricane, and it's forecast to turn into a "major" Category 3 one as it progresses.

A warning has been issued for the following:  Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius and the British Virgin Islands. A watch is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

In addition to the potential damage to homes and businesses in those areas, I can't help but think of how many great vacations are probably being cut short or cancelled as well!

As for the Continental United States?

Labor Day Weekend could be an interesting one for those on the East Coast. CNN meteroologist Jacqui Jeras said it could affect " anywhere from the Carolinas to Cape Cod, Massachusetts", but it's too early to tell if it could make landfall.

Growing up in the Midwest, I never paid much attention to hurricane warnings -- it was tornadoes that terrified me. But since moving to Florida a couple years ago and seeing the damage that winds from a mere tropical storm did to my house -- an hour from the ocean -- I now watch closely.

And of course, the world saw the impact of Hurricane Katrina, whose 5-year anniversary was marked today. President Obama was in New Orleans to commemorate the anniversary and to offer continued to support to the city's citizens.

"It was a natural disaster but also a man-made catastrophe; a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men and women and children abandoned and alone." he said. "Because of all of you -- all the advocates, all the organizers who are here today, folks standing behind me who have worked so hard and never gave up hope, you are all leading the way toward a better future for this city with innovative approaches to fight poverty, improve health care, reduce crime and create opportunities for young people -- because of you, New Orleans is coming back."

Let's hope Earl and Katrina have little in common.

If you do find yourself in the path of a hurricane, here some things you need to do to stay safe.

Have you ever been in a hurricane?


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