At 7am CDT...the center of Hurricane Earl was located 395 miles South/Southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and moving North/Northeast at 18 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 105 mph.
Hurricane force winds extend out up to 70 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds extend out up to 205 miles from the center. With the stronger wind fields still covering a large area, deteriorating conditions can be expected along the New England coast today and tonight.
On the present forecast track, the center of Earl will pass just East of Cape Cod at around 2am on Saturday morning.
Earl is likely to continue on a slow weakening trend today and Saturday, as he moves into colder waters and increasingly strong winds in the upper atmosphere. At the time the center passes East of Cape Cod, maximum sustained winds are forecast to be in the 85-90 mph range. Tropical storm force winds will still likely extend well out from the center of the storm, which means a large portion of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastlines are likely to experience tropical storm conditions tonight. Those locations along the immediate coastline and closer to the center will experience hurricane force winds.