NHC Report: Earl weakens on its way toward New England

NEW YORK (BestGrowthStock) – Hurricane Earl continued to track up the eastern seaboard on Friday as a weaker Category One storm on its way toward New England and then Canada.

Earl was located about 350 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, moving north-northeast at a quick 21 mph with maximum sustained winds down to 85 mph from 105 mph earlier.

While Earl was not forecast to make U.S. landfall, it was expected to steer along the Eastern Seaboard and approach southeastern New England by Friday evening and then move into Canada on Saturday.

Further weakening was forecast, and winds were expected to drop to tropical storm strength below 70 mph late Saturday.

Oil refiners and power plant operators along the U.S. East Coast were making preparations for Earl as it worked its way up the seaboard.

Tropical Storm Fiona also weakened on Friday, as maximum sustained winds dropped to 45 mph from 50 mph earlier.

Further weakening was forecast during the next 48 hours, and Fiona could become a tropical depression late Saturday.

Fiona was located in the western Atlantic about 245 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, moving north-northeast at about 13 mph. The system was expected to pass near Bermuda early Saturday.

Meanwhile, the remnant low pressure area of former Tropical Storm Gaston in the central Atlantic Ocean was given a medium, 40 percent, chance of redeveloping during the next 48 hours, up from 20 percent earlier, NHC said.

The Gaston remnant was located about 1,150 mileswest of the Cape Verde Islands moving west at 5 to 10 mph.

NHC said conditions may become more favorable for this low-pressure system to redevelop during the next couple of days.

Gaston strengthened into a tropical storm on Wednesday, then weakened to a depression and a remnant low on Thursday.

NHC was also monitoring a tropical wave located off the west coast of Africa, where conditions were marginally conducive for development. The system was given a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, up from just 10 percent earlier Friday.

(Reporting by Joe Silha; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

NHC Report: Earl weakens on its way toward New England