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Hurricane Earl Threatens U.S. as More Storms Form

Hurricane Earl churned closer to the U.S. East Coast, threatening an area from North Carolina to Massachusetts with high winds and rain, as two more systems gained strength in the warm Atlantic waters.

North Carolina’s Hyde County declared a state of emergency and ordered mandatory evacuations beginning today for all visitors and residents of Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks. Visitors were also ordered to leave nearby Hatteras Island, site of the nation’s tallest lighthouse.