BUXTON, N.C. (AP) - Forecasters say they're still worried that the path of Hurricane Earl will shift a little to the west, meaning a "very significant impact" on the mid-Atlantic coast and areas to the north.
The storm is headed toward the coast with winds of 145 miles an hour.
Residents who've stayed behind on North Carolina's Outer Banks say they're prepared to face down the hurricane.
Forecasters are trying to pinpoint exactly how close the strongest winds and heaviest surge would get to North Carolina's fragile chain of barrier islands.
They also are trying to figure out if the storm would stay off the Northeast coast or bring hurricane-force winds to Long Island, the Boston metropolitan area and Cape Cod.