At 4am CDT...the center of Tropical Storm Earl was located about 800 miles East of the northernmost Leeward Islands. Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 60 mph.
Earl was moving toward the West at 21 mph...and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24-48 hours. A gradual turn toward the Northwest is expected by Monday.
With maximum sustained winds of 60 mph...Earl remains classified as a Tropical Storm this morning. Further intensification is likely over the next 24-36 hours, with Earl expected to become a hurricane by tonight or early Sunday morning.
In the longer range, Earl is expected to be curved up toward the region between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda by mid to late week. Exact timing and track will depend on the development of a trough of low pressure across the Eastern U.S., and how that interacts with Earl.
Residents of both the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda should remain alert and monitor updated forecasts on Earl's track as the coming week progresses.