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The Gallishaw family from Seekonk, Mass., braces for a large wave as it crashes over the Goosebury Island causeway during Hurricane Earl's approach Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Pereira / The Standard Times of New Bedford

Children are framed by a red warning flag on the beach on Friday. Earl weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) as it sped away from the North Carolina coast, where its impact was not as strong as expected.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters

A sign announces that the beach is closed to recreational activities Friday. Although weakening, Earl is still a dangerous storm and the largest to make it into the New York City region since Hurricane Bob in 1991.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

A truck drives down flooded Highway 12 on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Early / The Virginian-PIlot

A sign at the East Hampton, N.Y., stop on the Long Island Rail Road displays cancellations Friday as the area braces for Earl.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JESSICA RINALDI / Reuters

A gas station was damaged in the high winds early Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

A stop sign torn from its post rests underwater on Highway 12.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

A man reattaches a mounted fish on a restaurant wall Friday after Earl passed Kill Devil Hills.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Kellie Maier kayaks on flooded Highway 12 on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Vehicles sit in traffic on the Croatan Highway as people evacuate the Outer Banks area on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

A front-end loader dumps sand to help prevent flooding on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Waves crash around a fishing pier on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRIS SEWARD / Raleigh News & Observer

Sand bags on the beach on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerry Broome / Associated Press

Bill Evans of Ft. Lauderdale Ocean Rescue puts out the red warning flag for possible rip tides on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Cavaretta / Sun-Sentinel

Hurricane Earl is seen on a monitor at the National Hurricane Center as it wheeled toward the East Coast on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: J. Pat Carter / Associated Press

A window is boarded up with a message at the Buxton Beach Motel on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerry Broome / Associated Press

Cars drive across the William B. Umstead Bridge over the Croatan Sound, leaving Roanoke Island near Manteo, N.C., on Tuesday. Hurricane Earl drove tourists from North Carolina's Outer Banks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerry Broome / Associated Press

A kite surfer pulls his kite in a heavy downpour as Hurricane Earl continues its track northward in the Caribbean on Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

A damaged restaurant in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Lesser Antilles, on Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GROMYKO WILSON / European Pressphoto Agency

The eye of Hurricane Earl is seen in this photo taken from the International Space Station on Monday. At the time, Earl was centered just north of the Virgin Islands. Hurricane Earl strengthened on Wednesday, churning up dangerous swells, forcing evacuations on some of North Carolina's barrier islands and prompting storm alerts along much of the U.S. East Coast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

A sunken boat at St. John's Harbor, Antigua, on Monday. Hurricane Earl battered some islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and roof-ripping winds that day, rapidly intensifying into a major Category 3 storm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Johnny Jno-Baptiste / Associated Press

Tourists walk along the beach in the Condado neighborhood under cloudy skies caused by the approaching Hurricane Earl in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo Arduengo / Associated Press

A boy takes cover from a wave caused by the approach of Hurricane Earl in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Monday. Earl battered some islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and roof-ripping winds, rapidly intensifying into a major storm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo Arduengo / Associated Press

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