Update at 10:02 a.m.
Residents of New York and New England braced for a potential onslaught Friday from Hurricane Earl, which earlier lashed the North Carolina coastline with high winds and 35-foot waves.
North Carolina's governor, however, said her state had apparently "dodged the bullet." There had been no loss of life and there seemed to be minimal damage from the Category 2 hurricane, she told CNN.
The hurricane, according to an 8 a.m. ET report from the National Hurricane Center, was located roughly 130 miles east/northeast of Cape Hatteras. It was registering maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, and resulting in storm warnings from North Carolina to Nova Scotia.
A weakened Hurricane Earl brushed North Carolina's Outer Banks overnight as residents along the Eastern Seaboard braced for a stormy Friday.
Warnings and watches stretched from North Carolina to Canada, including Massachusetts, where a hurricane warning was issued for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and the surrounding area.
At 5 a.m., the center of Earl was about 85 miles (135 kilometers) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south-southwest of Nantucket, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was heading north-northeast at about 18 mph (30 kph) with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph).
"An increase in forward speed and a turn toward the northeast are expected in the next 24 to 36 hours," the center said. "On the forecast track ... the center of Earl will move away from the North Carolina Outer Banks today ... and will approach southeastern New England tonight."