Lifeguards scan the water from the top of a sand...

Lifeguards scan the water from the top of a sand barrier that construction crews built to protect against Hurricane Earl, Thursday, in Virginia Beach, Va. (Sept. 2, 2010) Credit: AP

The impending doom that is Hurricane Earl -- really just a bunch of rain and wind on the East End, or so the latest predictions say -- has already sent Suffolk into a tizzy without a single drop falling from the sky.

The Suffolk beaches are closed until Saturday morning, maybe even longer if the storm's path and track change. That puts quite a damper on anyone planning on heading out to Montauk, the Hamptons or the North Fork on Friday. Wow, think of the traffic on Saturday if the city folks don't go out there until then. Dagger.

The next time I hear about big Earl, it better be this Big Earl.

In the meantime, get the latest info on this jerk of a storm that could seriously mess up some people's Labor Day weekend plans at

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