US President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for the states along the eastern seaboard of the US as Hurricane Earl approaches the shores. States from Massachusetts to North Carolina are currently under threat, and authorities are still unsure whether the storm will merely glide along the shore or move inland. The President has tasked the US Homeland Security and Federal Emergencies Management Agency (Fema) to co-ordinate disaster relief to allow the rapid deployment of resources should the hurricane threaten densely populated areas. Local officials are taking little chances as well, with the coast guard being moved to vulnerable areas in Virginia, and people living on islands off the coast of North Carolina being evacuated. Read more: Bloomberg and the Guardian.