Oil refineries along the East Coast brace for Hurricane Earl

By Phaedra Friend Troy

East Coast oil refineries are bracing for powerful winds and rain of Hurricane Earl as it skims the Atlantic coastline later this week. 

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Traveling at a rate of 14 miles per hour to the west-northwest, Hurricane Earl is currently located about 205 miles east of Grand Turk Island, reports ImpactWeather. Packing 135-mile-an-hour winds, Hurricane Earl has been upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane as it churns through the Atlantic Ocean making its way toward the Eastern Coast of the United States and Canada.

Future path models forecast Hurricane Earl will likely skim the US and Canadian Atlantic Coast from as south as South Carolina to as north as New Foundland and Labrador.

While no landfall is forecast as of yet, the storm’s winds and waves are expected to pummel the shoreline. ImpactWeather advises that the storm is likely to track westward and pass within 50 miles of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Reuters reports that while oil refineries are bracing for the storm, it is too early to begin any shut-in procedures since Hurricane Earl is not expected to hit for another few days.

Hurricane Earl is expected to travel near New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Saturday, which house the majority of the East Coast refineries in the US. Oil refiners, such as ConocoPhillips, Valero and Sunoco, are watching the storm closely.

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