At 7am CDT...the center of Hurricane Earl was located about 780 miles South/Southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Earl was moving to the Northwest at 16 mph. Maximum sustained winds have decreased slightly, to 125 mph.
Earl is expected to continue on this general motion...and with the same intensity...for the next 24-36 hours. After that, a general turn toward the North/Northwest and eventually North is then expected.
Thus far....little has changed from last night's thinking as far as the latest computer model forecast trends are concerned. All eyes are on the Great Lakes region for the next 24-36 hours so that we can see how quickly a trough of low pressure moves Eastward from that region, which will likely be the key in determining how much impact Earl may have on the U.S. East Coast late Thursday through Saturday.
Residents from North Carolina through New England should closely monitor the progression of Earl over the next 24-48 hours and listen for updated forecasts and warnings.