Hurricane Earl Gaining Strength

August 30, 2010

Forecasters say Hurricane Earl has strengthened into a Category 3 storm, with top winds of nearly 120 miles an hour.

The center of the storm is expected to pass near part of the Virgin Islands later Monday. A hurricane warning is in effect for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and parts of Puerto Rico.

Forecasters warn that rainfall of up to a foot in some spots could cause flash floods and mudslides.

They say residents from the Carolinas north through the Mid-Atlantic and New England states need to pay attention to the storm.

A Milwaukee woman visiting the island of St. Maarten with her family says the wind and the crashing waves from the storm kept her awake Sunday night.

Alisha Daya says the blow from Hurricane Earl will keep her from heading home as planned Monday. The storm toppled trees and knocked out electricity to much of the island, but there are no reports of serious damage.

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