Hurricane Earl gaining strength in eastern Caribbean

A storm moving through the eastern Caribbean has strengthened to a category two hurricane, prompting warnings for several islands.

Hurricane Earl is generating sustained winds of 160km/h (100mph).
Forecasters say it could develop into a major hurricane later on Monday, as it approaches the Leeward Islands, which include the British Virgin Islands.
Strong winds and heavy rains are already lashing the islands, east of Puerto Rico in the northern Caribbean.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, St Maarten, Saba, St Eustatius, the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

People in the area are making preparations ahead of the storm, stocking up on food, water and other essential supplies, as well as trying to protect property.

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