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Sep 1, 2010 11:27 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Hurricane warning issued for North Carolina coast

A hurricane warning has been issued for the North Carolina coast as powerful Hurricane Earl approaches the East Coast.

A hurricane watch has been extended into Delaware.

Visitors have been taking ferries off Ocracoke Island and told to leave neighboring Cape Hatteras in North Carolina's Outer Banks, and federal authorities are warning people all along the Eastern seaboard to be prepared to evacuate.

Emergency officials as far north as Maine are checking their equipment and urging people to have disaster plans and supplies ready.

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