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Hurricane Earl Expected to Become 'major Hurricane'



    (NECN/CNN/iReport) - Hurricane Earl continues to pick up more power in the Atlantic Ocean.

    As of this morning, the Category 2 hurricane was centered east-northeast of the island of Saint Maarten, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    iReporter Francois Rivalain shares video of the growing wind and surf on Sunday.
    Hurricane Earl continues to pick up more power in the Atlantic 
    Ocean, with winds whipping at about 105 mph (165 kph) and forcing even stronger 
    As of Monday morning, the Category 2 hurricane was centered east of 
    Puerto Rico, about 50 miles (75 kilometers) east-northeast of St. Martin, 
    according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. It was headed 
    west-northwest at about 15 mph (24 kph). 
    Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands could get up to 
    eight inches of rain and as much as 12 inches in isolated areas with higher 
    elevations, the hurricane center said. "These rains could cause 
    life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," the center said. 
    Earl is expected to gain more force and "become a major hurricane," by 
    late Monday or early Tuesday, the weather agency said. 
    A hurricane warning is now in effect for islands including Antigua and 
    Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Martin, the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin 
    Storm surging is expected to raise water levels by up to four feet above 
    ground level in the hurricane warning area, the weather agency said. The surge 
    "will be accompanied by large and dangerous battering waves," according to the 
    hurricane center. 
    A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning are in effect for Puerto 
    Earl could affect areas in the United States from the Carolinas to Cape 
    Cod, Massachusetts, over Labor Day weekend, said CNN meteorologist Jacqui 
    It is too soon to tell whether the storm could make landfall, she said. 
    However, outer bands of the storm are likely to hit North Carolina beginning 
    Thursday, kicking up large swells and possibly generating rip currents through 
    Labor Day weekend, Jeras said. 
    Meanwhile, Hurricane Danielle was weakening Monday morning in northern 
    Atlantic Ocean, the hurricane center said. As of 4 a.m. ET, Danielle was about 
    440 miles (705 km) south of Canada's far east coast. 
    Danielle's maximum sustained winds have dropped to about 75 mph (120 kph) 
    -- barely qualifying the cyclone as a hurricane. It was moving northeast at 
    about 17 mph (28 kph), the hurricane center said. No coastal warnings or 
    watches are in effect from Danielle.