Warnings are issued to the US east coast as Hurricane Earl continues path of destruction

A sunken motorboat felt the brunt of Hurricane Earl at the St. John’s harbor, in Antigua.

Earl battered some islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and roof-ripping winds yesterday (Monday 30 August 2010) destroying one home and ruining this unfortunate motorboat. Fortunately, there were no reports of serious injuries.

Earl also caused flooding in low-lying areas and damaged homes on islands including Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Maarten. Several countries and territories reported power outages, cruise ships were diverted and flights canceled across the region.

The hurricane is rapidly intensifying into a major Category 3 storm on a path projected to menace the east coast of the United States.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine to watch the storm closely and beware of deadly rip currents.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Johnny Jno-Baptiste