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Hurricane, Tropical Storm Watches Issued For Mass.

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Cape Cod and the islands are under a hurricane watch issued by the National Hurricane Center, while other Massachusetts coastal areas are under a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Earl approaches.

Forecasters say Earl will be off the Massachusetts coast tomorrow night and into Saturday, bringing rain and expected wind gusts of up to 100 miles an hour in Nantucket and gusts of up to 80 miles an hour on the Cape.

A hurricane watch is also in effect from Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach.

A tropical storm watch covers the area from Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to Woods Hole, including Block Island and Long Island Sound, and from north of Sagamore Beach to the mouth of the Merrimack River.

Earl is expected to reach the North Carolina coast late Thursday and turn northeast, staying offshore as it moves up the East Coast. But forecasters say it could move in closer.

This program aired on September 1, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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