Shore towns along the Atlantic seaboard are getting ready for whatever Hurricane Earl may deliver this week.

Hurricane Earl's movement as of Wednesday morning

KYW’s David Madden reports that it’s just coincidence that we’re entering National Preparedness Month, and with forecasts putting Earl up to 200 miles off shore when he passes by New Jersey on Friday, no one’s in a panic.

But people in charge of emergency response are getting ready, just in case.

Ed Conover, deputy director of emergency management in Atlantic County, NJ,  suggests that you check ahead if you plan to head “down the shore” on Friday:

“It’s not going to do them any good if they come down here and they’re going to be sitting in a room in the rain and the wind.  If they need to wait a day, they should seriously consider that.”

Rip currents have also been a concern along the shore since last weekend, so make sure you only swim where there’s a lifeguard on the beach.

A secondary worry with Earl is the potential for serious beach erosion.

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