Forecast: Earl to hit south of Nantucket

Providence, R.I. – The current forecast from the National Weather Service calls for Hurricane Earl to hit 75 to 100 miles south of Nantucket Friday night.

Forecasters say Rhode Island could see tropical storm force winds but that the brunt of the storm is expected to hit outer Cape Cod and Nantucket Island. National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Cadima says the hardest hit areas could face Hurricane force winds.

"A track south of Nantucket would keep the worst of the hurricane force winds out over the ocean but this is a fairly expansive storm," Cadima says. "Even with a track south of Nantucket it would likely bring at least tropical storm force condition across parts of the South Coast, especially Cape Cod and the Islands."

Cadima says residents should closely watch the course of the hurricane, especially as it makes its turn off of North Carolina. A more eastern track would mean less of an impact in Rhode Island. A more western track could be much more substantial.