The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday night through Thursday night, as forecasters say ocean swells could build to 8 feet Thursday.
Peter Judge, with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, says the agency is working with communities to make sure they're ready for incoming Hurricane Earl in case it moves closer to the coast.
"They have shelters that potentially would be ready to go, machinery all gassed up, we know where the sand bags are and we have everybody's phone number and a way to contact them," Judge said.
Earl is expected 50 to 100 miles off the coast of New England on Friday.
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