On the east coast of America, signs are flashing out a stark warning. Hurricane Earl is on his way.
In parts of low-lying north Carolina, residents and holidaymakers are leaving their homes as the storm is predicted to strike within 48 hours, ahead of the holiday weekend which marks the end of the summer season.
Experts have upgraded the hurricane to a category four, one below the most dangerous grade. President Barack Obama said officials needed to be ready for what he referred to as a “worst case” scenario.
The storm had sustained winds of 215 kilimotres per hour as it barreled across the Atlantic, ripping up trees in its path as it struck in Guadeloupe. Earlier this week it battered Puerto Rico, causing power cuts and flooding.