Forecasters predict that Earl will remain offshore but still skirt much of the eastern seaboard beginning late Thursday, Sep 2 after which it will hit Canada's Nova Scotia by early Saturday, Sep 4.
Earl has downgraded the hurricane from a devastating Category 4 storm to a Category 2 storm over the past few days.
However, according to the US National Hurricane Centre the storm is still expected to bring in with it some destructive winds and heavy rains to North Carolina's coast before moving north.
As the massive storm swept by the coastline, people along the Eastern Seaboard braced for major disruptions and significant damage, said local media reports.
As the travellors left the tourist-popular islands of North Carolina, most of the business establishments were closed.
While some surfers braved the rough seas, no swimmer got into the waters, reported BBC.