Down to a mere Category 1 storm now!
Hurricane Earl has weakened and may not pack as big a punch when it arrives off the Massaschusetts coast late tonight, the National Weather Service said this morning.
Earl is now predicted to be a Category 1 hurricane when it churns through the ocean 50 to 100 miles east of Nantucket, and that island and outer Cape Cod are the only two areas where a brief period of hurricane-force wind gusts of slightly more than 74 miles per hour are expected, forecasters said.
A Category 1 hurricane carries winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour. As recently as Thursday, Earl had been a Category 4 storm, with winds of 145 miles per hour. And experts from the National Hurricane Center had predicted the center would pass "very close" to Nantucket, while local National Weather Service forecasters suggested it could pass as close as 15 miles.
Could anyone, perhaps a *non-professional*, armchair meteorologist, have predicted this???
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