Hurricane Earl was today battering the American east coast as thousands of families fled inland for shelter.
Despite being downgraded to a category one, winds had still reached 105mph as the storm hit the dangerously exposed Outer Banks area of North Carolina.
New York is bracing itself for impact tomorrow as the hurricane tears north along the eastern seaboard.
Earl is expected to move north-northeast for much of Friday, staying away from New Jersey and the other mid-Atlantic states, but also passing very close to Long Island, Cape Cod and Nantucket, which could get gusts up to 100 mph (160 kph).
The storm is expected to finally move ashore in Canada sometime Saturday afternoon.
'This is the strongest hurricane to threaten the north-east and New England since Hurricane Bob in 1991,' said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.
source of information:- Mail Online