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Hurricane Earl prompts US East Coast evacuations

Evacuations have begun in areas of the US East Coast likely to be hit by Hurricane Earl.

The hurricane strengthened to a category four storm again, generating sustained winds of 215km/h (135mph).

President Barack Obama said officials needed to be ready for a "worst case" scenario in a call to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

One island in North Carolina's Outer Banks is being evacuated and visitors are being asked to leave another.

But while some people on Writghtsville Beach were relaxed about the impending storm, others were busy getting ready.

  • 02 Sep 2010