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Hurricane Earl Winds Down

As Labor Day approaches Tropical Storm Earl, which had been downgraded from a hurricane, heads to Canada as the storm brushed past the eastern U.S. over the past few days with less intensity than had been feared.

Coming Home

Sept. 4: Marty Joyce, center, and his wife, Patti Serena, right, both of Weymouth, Mass., remove protective plywood sheeting from windows on their summer home in Yarmouth, Mass., on Cape Cod. Portions of Cape Cod received heavy rainfall late Friday and early Saturday as Hurricane Earl, later downgraded to a tropical storm, passed by the cape as it headed north toward Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Coming Home

Sept. 4: Traffic backs up on the Bonner Bridge near Nags Head, N.C. as people return to Hatteras Island following mandatory evacuations of the barrier island for Hurricane Earl.

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Earl Blocks Road

Sept. 4: Stop signs on a barricade sit above a flooded access road to West Dennis Beach, in West Dennis, Mass., on Cape Cod. Areas on Cape Cod received heavy rainfall late Friday and early Saturday as Hurricane Earl, later downgraded to a tropical storm, passed by the cape as it headed north toward Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Earl Batters N.C. Coast

Sept. 3: Local resident Russell Lowe kayaks along a beach road during Hurricane Earl in Nags Head, N.C.

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Earl Aftermath

Sept. 3: A tree that broke during Hurricane Earl lies across a trailer home in Manteo, N.C.

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'Bye Earl'

Sept. 3: A sign says "Bye Earl," signaling the storms passing, as a car drives through a flooded road in the background in Nags Head, N.C.

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Nags Head Beach

Sept. 3: People stand on the beach watching the waves in Nags Head, N.C.

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Long Island

Sept. 3: Surfers on beach as Hurricane Earl heads toward Long Beach on Long Island, N.Y.

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Nags Head

Sept. 3: Hurricane Earl brings strong winds and rain to Nags Head, N.C.

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Earl Brings Heavy Rain, Fierce Winds

Sept. 3: Rain and high winds from Hurricane Earl hit Nags Head, N.C. 

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Earl Batters N.C. Coast

Sept. 3: Cars pass along the flooded beach road during Hurricane Earl in Nags Head, N.C. 

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Surfing Ahead of Earl

Sept. 2: Due to the effects of Hurricane Earl, New York's Suffolk County closed ocean beaches to swimmers, but at Robert Moses State Park in Babylon, N.Y., lifeguard Chris Brodersen headed for the huge waves to surf.

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Nags Head, NC

September 2: Large waves break against Nags Head Beach as Hurricane Earl passes off the coast. (FOXNEWS)

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Reporting From the Storm

September 2: As Earl rolls in, a reporter braves the elements in Nags Head, N.C. (FOXNEWS)

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Buildings Boarded Up

September 2: A Century 21 office building in Kitty Hawk, NC is boarded up in preparation for Hurricane Earl. (FOXNEWS)

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Braving the Storm

September 3: As Hurricane Earl heads up the east coast, a couple walks along Virginia Beach, Va. as the storm rolls in. (AP)

Earl Hits Virginia Beach

September 3: A man walks along the beach in the early morning as Hurricane Earl churns up the eastern coast in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP)

A Battered Pier

September 2: Hurricane Earl battered the already storm damaged Frisco Pier in Frisco, N.C. (AP)

East Coast Preps for Earl

Sept. 2: Construction crews build a sand berm to protect against storm surge from Hurricane Earl in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Evacuating Ahead of Earl

Sept. 2: North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers Matthew Bunn, right, and Leonard Crumpler, left, stop cars from traveling onto the bridge leading to Atlantic Beach, N.C., as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast.

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Ominous Skies

Sept. 2: Kim Johnson, left, holds onto Sean Prendergast, right, as they watch the surf crash onto the Oceana Pier as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

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Bridge Closing

Sept. 2: North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers Matthew Bunn, right, and Leonard Crumpler prepare to close the bridge to Atlantic Beach, N.C., as vacationers and residents evacuate ahead of Hurricane Earl.

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Boarding Up in N.C.

Sept. 2: Julio Portillo and Sergio Paredes board up an ocean front mobile home in Atlantic Beach, N.C. as Hurricane Earl approaches.

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Catching a Wave

Sept. 2: R.J. Smith rides a wave while surfing in Ocean City, Md. as Hurricane Earl heads toward the East Coast.

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No Vacancy

Sept.1: A window is boarded up with a message at the Buxton Beach Motel in Buxton, N.C., as Hurricane Earl approaches North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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Approaching the Coast

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Earl, top center, taken at 6:45 a.m. EDT Thursday Sept. 2, 2010. Hurricane Earl blew toward the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday as a major storm with winds of around 145 mph as forecasters tried to pinpoint exactly how close the strongest gales and heaviest surge would get to North Carolina's fragile chain of barrier islands. At 5 a.m. EDT Thursday Earl was located approximately 410 miles South of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina moving north-northwest at 18 mph and packing winds of 145 mph making it a Category 4 storm.

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Clouds from Earl

Sept. 2: Clouds from the outer bands of Hurricane Earl appear over the Atlantic ocean at sunrise in Nags Head, N.C. as Earl approaches the east coast. Hurricane Earl with winds swirling at around 145 mph continued to barrel toward the Eastern Seaboard and forecasters were trying to pinpoint exactly how close the strongest winds and heaviest surge would get to North Carolina's fragile chain of barrier islands.

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Boarding the Beach

Sept. 2: Town workers, from right, Jose Pineda, Travis Thompson, and Cager Jones, install barriers on the boardwalk as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

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Hurricane Flags

Sept. 2: Hurricane flags blow in the wind as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

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Crashing Waves

Sept. 1: A fisherman waits on the end of the Oceanana Pier as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

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On the Beach

Sept. 1: A sunbather lies on the beach as waves crash in the background as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

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Category 3 Hurricane

A Sept. 1 satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Earl, a Category 3 hurricane, moving westward toward the North Carolina coast.

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Walking the Shores

Sept. 2: Almon Telling looks at the surf as he walks along the beach as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

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Riding the Waves

Sept. 1: Rudi Hosp and his daughter Ethnee, 6, of Germany, ride the surf as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

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Surf's Up

Sept. 1: A surfer is engulfed by the waves while riding swells produced by Hurricane Earl in Buxton, N.C. A tourist evacuation of Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island are underway as Hurricane Earl approaches North Carolina's Outer Banks. 

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Preparing for Earl

Sept. 1: Hotel engineer Dennis Spake boards up windows at a building during the approach of Hurricane Earl in Buxton on Cape Hatteras, N.C. 

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Evacuation Begins in North Carolina

September 1: Evacuations begin on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. Ferries are shuttling cars to Hatteras, N.C. as the coastal area begins to prepare for Earl. (AP)

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Earl Hits the British Virgin Islands

August 30: A boat is battered by waves in Sopers Hole near Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Earl has been downgraded to a category three hurricane and is expected to make landfall within the next 48 hours in the U.S. (AP)

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Hurricane Earl Approaches

August 30: Tourists take advantage of churning tides as Hurricane Earl approaches San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AP)

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Waves Kick Up

August 30: Winds from approaching Hurricane Earl blow in to San Juan, Puerto Rico, kicking up waves along the area's beaches. (AP)

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Shielding from the Storm

August 30: Luis Colon uses an umbrella to shield himself from rain and wind caused by the approaching Hurricane Earl in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hurricane Earl, a Category 4 storm, is bringing wind gusts up to 135 mph with it. (AP)

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Winds Batter San Juan

August 30: Winds batter San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Earl approaches the Caribbean island. (AP)

Preparing for the Storm

August 30: Workers at a San Juan restaurant work to remove an awning in preparation for Hurricane Earl. (AP)

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Taking Cover

August 30: A boy takes cover as large waves caused by Hurricane Earl hit the town of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Earl battered some islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and roof-ripping winds. (AP)

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Earl hits Antigua

August 30: A house is flooded at Potters Village, outside St. John’s, Antigua. A nearby river has overflowed due to the heavy rains Hurricane Earl brought to the island. (AP)

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Waters Rise

August 30: Waters rise in St. John’s, Antigua as Earl arrives. A sunken boat is seen here as Earl slams the island. (AP)

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The Cleanup Begins

August 30: Soldiers help to remove a fallen tree at the village of Liberta as Hurricane Earl hits the island of Antigua. (AP)

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Hurricane Earl Winds Down

As Labor Day approaches Tropical Storm Earl, which had been downgraded from a hurricane, heads to Canada as the storm brushed past the eastern U.S. over the past few days with less intensity than had been feared.

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