Erin kicks up heavy surf along East Coast after largely sparing Bermuda
MIAMI (AP) – After sideswiping Bermuda over the weekend, Hurricane Erin kicked up the surf along the upper East Coast on Monday as it followed a course that was expected to take it far out to sea.
The first Atlantic hurricane of the season swirled northward with sustained wind of 120 mph but was expected to turn away from the United States.
”Right now it doesn’t look like it’s going to affect land,” said Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. ”It may clip the far eastern tip of Newfoundland, but it’s days away and it’s still hard to tell.”
Blake said Erin was expected to weaken during the night as it moved across colder water.
Lifeguards in New Jersey kept a close watch on swimmers as waves rolled in at 3 to 5 feet.
”We haven’t had the big seas they’re talking about, but the rip currents are sucking pretty hard,” said Robert Levy, chief of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol. ”We’ll keep our beaches open and play it by ear.”
Virginia beaches were open with no restrictions, but lifeguards watched the surf. The Coast Guard posted small-craft advisories along parts of New York’s Long Island.
Erin grew into a major hurricane on Sunday, but its center stayed 110 miles northeast of Bermuda, which sits about 560 miles off the North Carolina coast. No major damage or injuries were reported, though wind knocked trees onto power lines, and airlines canceled flights in and out of the island on Sunday.
By 11 a.m. EDT Monday, Erin was some 200 miles north of Bermuda, or 585 miles south of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. It was moving toward the north-northwest at 10 mph but was expected to turn toward the northeast.
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National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
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