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    WILLIAMS: of course, the timing here couldn't be worse. We're coming up on Labor Day holiday weekend. A whole lot of people along the East Coast have a lot of plans. Ron Mott is in Kill Devil Hills , North Carolina , for us again tonight. Ron , good evening.

    RON MOTT reporting: Brian , good evening to you. As Earl marches toward the shoreline here tonight, with each passing hour time becomes all that more important, perhaps separating safety from imminent danger. Though today produced yet another beautiful sunrise over Cape Hatteras , thousands are clearing out for what lurks beyond, Earl.

    Unidentified Man #1: Safety comes first.

    MOTT: The storm's outer bands expected to begin whipping North Carolina 's outer banks in the next 24 hours.

    Unidentified Woman: Our week is cut short, and it just really stinks.

    MOTT: From mandatory evacuations off Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands , to voluntary departures in Kitty Hawk , tourists and residents are leaving little to chance.

    Ms. CAROL STAUFFER (Pennsylvania Tourist): If it stays out to sea, we probably would have been OK and gotten rain. But if it comes in, it's just, you know, we don't know so we're not going to ruin our vacation by, you know, being in bad weather.

    MOTT: Earl's changing vacation plans out in the open waters, as well. Today a Carnival ship docked in Cape Canaveral , Florida , instead of a planned stop in the Bahamas . At the Navy 's home in Norfolk , Virginia , crews readied nearly three dozen aircraft carriers and battleships to move if the going gets too rough.

    Unidentified Man #2: We pride ourselves on being ready to do whatever needs to be done.

    MOTT: In New Jersey , it's the surf that's getting rough, keeping lifeguards on their toes.

    Mr. KEN PRINGLE (Belmar, New Jersey Mayor): We're already seeing the surf effect start to happen, so our lifeguards are watching for riptides. We're keeping bathers close to shores.

    MOTT: And in New England , where rocky seas turned deadly yesterday for a fisherman, they're bracing for the first hurricane to hit that region since Hurricane Bob nearly two decades ago.

    Mr. STUART SMITH (Harbormaster): We're well overdue for a hurricane. The last hurricane was in '91. We need to pay attention to it.

    MOTT: Ready or not, welcome or not, here comes Earl. Today FEMA activated national and regional response centers, moving food, water and other supplies into position. Brian :

    WILLIAMS: All right, Ron Mott along the North Carolina coast for us, as well, tonight. Ron ,

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