By: AP
By: AP

MIAMI (AP) - A hurricane warning has been issued for the North
Carolina coast as powerful Hurricane Earl approaches the East

Also, a hurricane watch has been extended into Delaware on

Visitors have been taking ferries off Ocracoke Island and told
to leave neighboring Cape Hatteras in North Carolina's Outer Banks,
and federal authorities are warning people all along the Eastern
seaboard to be prepared to evacuate.

Emergency officials as far north as Maine are checking their equipment and urging people to have disaster plans and supplies ready.

Meanwhile, a new tropical depression has formed far out in the

The depression has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph) but is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours.

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