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Earl weakens to category two storm as it nears US coast

Areas along the US East Coast have declared states of emergency as Hurricane Earl churns towards the region, despite weakening to a category two storm.

US weather officials predicted the storm would continue to weaken as it passed North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 175km/h (110mph).

But they warned Earl would remain "large and powerful".

  • 03 Sep 2010
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