Hurricane Earl is spinning through the northeast Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (205 kph), according to a National Hurricane Center advisory issued at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday.
The major Category 3 system will run almost parallel to the U.S. East Coast in the next several days, starting with North Carolina. Earl predicted to reach the Canadian Maritime provinces on Saturday morning.
The still-growing Earl is currently about 60 miles northeast of St. Thomas, one of the US Virgin Islands, and 120 miles east-northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The storm has already torn roofs of buildings, and knocked down power lines and tress on the several the islands it passed by.
Earl is currently heading to the west-northwest at about 15 miles per hour and is predicted to turn almost entirely toward the northwest on Tuesday. Hurricane force winds can extend 60 miles outward from the center and tropical storm force winds can extend outward to 185 miles.
The Hurricane Center said that Earl may upgrade into a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 145 miles per hour.
Hurricane conditions in the northern Virgin Islands are predicted to subside during the next few hours. Portions of Puerto Rico will experience tropical storm conditions Monday afternoon and possibly hurricane conditions Monday night.
In the Atlantic hurricane season thus far, two major hurricanes have been named, including Hurricane Danielle and now Earl. The Center said that there will be a total of approximately four to six major hurricanes this season.