[img_assist|nid=190787|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=250|height=201]August 30 -(Update: Hurricane Earl strengthens into a Category 4 storm with winds of 135 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.)
As the hurricane season heats up, Hurricane Earl is poised to become a Category 3 hurricane that could brush the U.S. eastern seaboard in the next few days.
The National Hurricane Center has reported Earl as having winds close to 110 mph and is trending on a northwesterly track towards North Carolina. A direct hit on that state cannot be ruled out, yet is not likely at this time.
Earl currently poses little treat to the Gulf of Mexico and the oil operations in that region, including the BP oil spill clean-up efforts.
Behind Earl, another Atlantic weather system is ramping up, carrying heavy showers and thunderstorms. Currently about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, the storm has a 90% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next two days.