Hurricane Earl, Tropical Storm Fiona and Tropical Storm Gaston have developed in the Atlantic Ocean. Earl is the most significant threat and will make its closest approach the Outer Banks early Friday morning. As with most storms, it is impossible to say exactly what the storm will do 24 to 36 hours in advance. Outer Banks locations should prepare for hurricane force winds Thursday night as the storm passes just off the Outer Banks. Areas west of Highway 17 should see minimal impact as long as the storm stays offshore. Most of the heavy rainfall should be concentrated along the immediate coast. Fiona should stay out to sea although we'll have a better idea once Earl gets out of the way on Friday. Gaston is still far away from our area over the eastern Atlantic. We'll have more to say about that storm this weekend and next week.
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