Hurricane Earl brushed the North Carolina coast Thursday night bringing heavy rain and strong winds along the immediate coast. Wind gusts reached 83 mph at Rodanthe, 82 mph at Oregon Inlet and 75 mph at Salvo. All these locations in Dare County received gusts that are considered hurricane force. Strong tropical storm force winds were recorded across most other locations along the Chrystal Coast and Outer Banks. Rainfall was quite heavy on the Outer Banks. Communities between Manteo and Cape Hatteras received 4 to 6 inches of rain. The storm moved rapidly away from our area on Friday followed by sunny skies and hotter temperatures. The Labor Day Weekend looks great whether you head to the coast or plan other outdoor activities. We should see highs in the middle to upper 80s and lows in the 60s. No tropical storms should impact our area for the next week.