Updated Sept. 1 (video at bottom): The 8 a.m. Earl update still shows it grazing the North Carolina Outer Banks before heading into the Northeast.
As for what Beaufort County can expect, the National Weather Service is issuing advisories for high surf and dangerous rip currents.
Here's what the National Weather Service has posted:
... RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING... ... HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM EDT FRIDAY...
A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM EDT FRIDAY.
THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS FOR THE BEACHES OF SOUTH COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA AND NORTH COASTAL GEORGIA TODAY.
The AP has a video on how Earl has been downgraded and what the coast should be expecting. Check it out below.
First reported Aug. 30: The National Weather Service has just updated their forecast cone (at 11 a.m.) for Hurricane Earl.
First the bad news: The hurricane is still expected to become a major hurricane within the next 12 hours. Now the other bad news: It's looking more likely that the storm will at least brush past the East Coast giving us some good waves, however should air pressures delay the storm from turning more northernly it will increase its likelihood of landing in North Carolina, though a Beaufort impact seems unlikely at this point.
Here's a map that will give you an idea at just how many possible paths are on the table at this point.
However the National Weather Service is quick to remind that the cone of uncertainty could be off by as much as 200 or 300 miles in the coming days as all the dice play out, so keep tuned to our hurricane topic page.