Hurricane Earl arrived near Antigua and Barbuda on late Sunday bringing 15ft waves and up to seven inches of rain in addition to hurricane force winds. Across the two islands, there are reports of fallen trees and utility poles in addition to localized flooding which prompted evacuations.
Earl developed into a Category 4 by the time it reached the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Anguilla. Early reports received from these islands indicate that there is localized flooding and minor landslides. In addition, electricity has been interrupted on many of the islands and some affected persons have moved into shelters (IFRC, 31 August 2010).