NU Online News Service, Aug. 30, 12:16 p.m. EDT

The Atlantic storm Earl has become the second major hurricane of the season, and it is expected to continue gaining strength as it heads toward the northern Virgin Islands.

Earl is currently a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said low wind shear and warm water ahead of Earl “appears conducive for additional strengthening during the next few days.”

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