BUXTON, N.C. (AP) - Hurricane Earl has churned past North Carolina's Outer Banks as it begins its march up the Atlantic.
The eye of the hurricane was expected to get only about 100 miles east of the Outer Banks, not any closer.
Forecasters say a kink in the jetstream over the eastern U.S. should push the storm away from the coast, guiding it like a marble in a groove. Earl is expected to move north-northeast for much of today, staying away from New Jersey and the other mid-Atlantic states. But it's expected to pass very close to Long Island, Cape Cod and Nantucket, which could get gusts up to 100 mph.
The National Hurricane Center's deputy director says the most likely place Earl will make landfall is tomorrow in western Nova Scotia, where it could still be a hurricane.