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PostSubject: Earl batters Caribbean   Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:04 am

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Earl battered tiny wow cd key islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and roof-ripping winds Monday as it rapidly intensified ffxiv gil into a major Category 4 storm taking a path projected to menace the United States.
Already dangerous with sustained winds of 135 mph (215 kph), Earl was expected ff14 gil to gain more strength before potentially brushing the U.S. East Coast this week and bringing deadly rip ffxiv gold currents.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in ff14 gold Miami warned coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine to watch the storm closely.
"Any small shift final fantasy xiv gil in the track could dramatically alter whether it makes landfall or whether it remains over the open ocean," said final fantasy 14 gil Wallace Hogsett, a meteorologist at the center. "I can't urge enough to just stay tuned."
In buy ffxiv gil the Caribbean, Earl caused flooding in low-lying areas and damaged homes on islands including Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Maarten. Several countries and territories reported power outages. Cruise buy ff14 gil ships were diverted and flights canceled across the region.
The storm's center passed just north of the British Virgin Islands on cheap ffxiv gil Monday afternoon. By nighttime, the hurricane was pulling away from the Caribbean, but heavy downpours cheap ff14 gil still threatened to cause flash floods and mudslides in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by drenching already saturated ground.
Earl was forecast to approach the U.S. aoc gold Mid-Atlantic region around Thursday, before curving back out to sea, potentially swiping New England or far-eastern Canada.
lotro gold The Hurricane Center said it was too early to say what effect Earl would have in the U.S., but warned it could at least kick up dangerous rip warhammer power leveling currents. A surfer died in Florida and a Maryland swimmer had been missing since Saturday in waves spawned by former cheap ffxiv gil Hurricane Danielle, which weakened to a tropical storm Monday far out in the north Atlantic.
Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal ff14 gil Emergency Management Agency, said Earl's approach ought to serve as a reminder for Atlantic coastal states to update their evacuation plans.
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"It wouldn't take much to have the storm come ashore somewhere on the coast," Fugate said. "The message is for everyone to pay attention."
Close on Earl's heels, Tropical Storm Fiona formed warhammer account Monday afternoon in the open Atlantic. The storm, with maximum winds of 40 mph (64 kph), was projected to pass just ffxiv cd key north of the Leeward Islands by Wednesday and stay farther out in the Atlantic than Earl's northward path. Fiona wasn't expected to reach hurricane strength over the next several days.
The rapid development of Earl, which only became a hurricane Sunday, took ff14 cd key some islanders and tourists by surprise.
Wind was already rattling the aion kinah walls of Lila Elly Ali's wooden house on Anegada, the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands, when she and her son went out to nail the doors shut buy aion kinah Monday.
"They say the eye of the storm is supposed to come close to us, so we've just got to pray. Everyone here is keeping in touch, listening to the radio," the 58-year-old cheap aion kinah said by phone from the island of 280 people.
After Earl's aion gold center passed, there were reports of roofs torn from homes on Anegada, but the extent of damage across the Virgin Islands was unclear Monday night. Emergency officials said they had no immediate reports of any wow gold fatalities or serious injuries.
"Thank God we survived," said a caller to the British Virgin Islands' ZBVI Radio.
buy wow gold In Anguilla, several utility poles were down and a couple of roofs had blown away, but it was still too dangerous to go out and assess the full extent of damage, said Martin Gussie, a police officer.
At El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, cheap wow gold people lined up at the reception desk, the lights occasionally flickering, to check out and head to the airport. There, more delays ffxiv gil awaited.
John and Linda Helton of Boulder, Colorado, opted to ride out the storm. The couple, celebrating their 41st wedding ffxiv gil anniversary, finished a cruise Sunday and planned to spend three days in Puerto Rico.
"There was a huge line of people checking final fantasy xiv gil out as we were coming in, and I thought it was just that summer vacation must be over," said John Helton, a real estate appraiser. final fantasy 14 gil "But we paid for the room, so we might as well stick it out."
"I don't think we could get a flight even if we wanted to leave," Linda final fantasy 14 gold Helton added.
There were no reports so far buy ff14 gil of major damage from Earl.
In St. Maarten, sand and debris littered the streets, and winds knocked down trees and electricity poles and ffxiv gil damaged roofs. But police spokesman Ricardo Henson said there was no extensive damage to property.
Alisha Daya, a 24-year-old tourist from Milwaukee, wore ffxiv gold earplugs but still had trouble sleeping overnight because of the wind and crashing waves at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort.
wow gold "It was loud because we were right on the ocean," Daya said, adding that the storm delayed their planned departure Monday but the worst seemed to be over.
In Antigua, at least one home was destroyed but there were no reports aion kinah of serious injuries.
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