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  • This satellite image provided by NOAA and taken at 12:45 GMT Friday Aug. 26, 2011 shows Hurricane Irene as it moves northward along the U.S. eastern coastline with 110 mph sustained winds. Hurricane Irene began lashing the East Coast with rain Friday ahead of a weekend of violent weather that was almost certain to heap punishment on a vast stretch of shoreline from the Carolinas to Massachusetts.

      This satellite image provided by NOAA and taken at 12:45 GMT Friday Aug. 26, 2011 shows Hurricane Irene as it moves northward along the U.S. eastern coastline with 110 mph sustained winds. Hurricane Irene began lashing the East Coast with rain Friday ahead of a weekend of violent weather that was almost certain to heap punishment on a vast stretch of shoreline from the Carolinas to Massachusetts.
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  • Nags Head Ocean Rescue lifeguards Ben Mechak, left, an Erika Audfroid hoist a no swimming flag in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 as Hurricane Irene takes aim at the North Carolina coast. The full force of Hurricane Irene was still a day away from the East Coast but heightened waves began hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday.

      Nags Head Ocean Rescue lifeguards Ben Mechak, left, an Erika Audfroid hoist a no swimming flag in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 as Hurricane Irene takes aim at the North Carolina coast. The full force of Hurricane Irene was still a day away from the East Coast but heightened waves began hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday.
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  • A surfer hits the break of an eight-foot wave at Folly Beach in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, as Hurricane Irene causes larger than normal swells along the South Carolina coast. Hurricane warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. Hurricane watches were in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.

      A surfer hits the break of an eight-foot wave at Folly Beach in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, as Hurricane Irene causes larger than normal swells along the South Carolina coast. Hurricane warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. Hurricane watches were in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.
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  • Sport utility vehicles pulling pleasure boats drive in lines of traffic headed north on the Garden State Parkway across the Great Egg Harbor Bay Inlet Bridge, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, near Ocean City, N.J., as much of the Jersey shore evacuates inland ahead of Hurricane Irene.

      Sport utility vehicles pulling pleasure boats drive in lines of traffic headed north on the Garden State Parkway across the Great Egg Harbor Bay Inlet Bridge, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, near Ocean City, N.J., as much of the Jersey shore evacuates inland ahead of Hurricane Irene.
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  • Hurricane specialist Dan Brown reviews the tracks and intensity of Hurricane Irene at the National Hurricane Center on Friday, August 26, 2011, in Miami. The hurricane warning was extended into the Chesapeake Bay as far as Drum Point, and existing warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. A hurricane watch was in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.

      Hurricane specialist Dan Brown reviews the tracks and intensity of Hurricane Irene at the National Hurricane Center on Friday, August 26, 2011, in Miami. The hurricane warning was extended into the Chesapeake Bay as far as Drum Point, and existing warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. A hurricane watch was in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.
    Associated Press

  • People buy generators and plywood boards as they prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in Kitty Hawk, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

      People buy generators and plywood boards as they prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in Kitty Hawk, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
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  • Nags Head police officer Edward Mann speaks with resident Debbie Hickey about Hurricane Irene as it approaches the Outer Banks in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Mann was warning residents who have not evacuated that assistance will be limited after the storm winds reach 60 miles per hour.

      Nags Head police officer Edward Mann speaks with resident Debbie Hickey about Hurricane Irene as it approaches the Outer Banks in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Mann was warning residents who have not evacuated that assistance will be limited after the storm winds reach 60 miles per hour.
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  • A member of the Tybee Island Ocean Rescue team closes the water to swimmers in Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Due to high waves and hazardous rip currents from the outer bands of Hurricane Irene, the lifeguards decided to close the water to swimmers. Surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders still brave the waves.

      A member of the Tybee Island Ocean Rescue team closes the water to swimmers in Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Due to high waves and hazardous rip currents from the outer bands of Hurricane Irene, the lifeguards decided to close the water to swimmers. Surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders still brave the waves.
    Associated Press

  • Tom Gemkow carries a shutter that he removed from his mother's house in Cape May, N.J., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, after boarding a window in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Mandatory evacuations were under way Friday affecting nearly 1 million residents and visitors in Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and Long Beach Island NJ.

      Tom Gemkow carries a shutter that he removed from his mother's house in Cape May, N.J., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, after boarding a window in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Mandatory evacuations were under way Friday affecting nearly 1 million residents and visitors in Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and Long Beach Island NJ.
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  • Marvin Hardy drives screws into a sheet of plywood on Washington Mall in Cape May, N.J., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, as he boards up store fronts in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Mandatory evacuations were under way Friday affecting nearly 1 million residents and visitors in Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and Long Beach Island NJ.

      Marvin Hardy drives screws into a sheet of plywood on Washington Mall in Cape May, N.J., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, as he boards up store fronts in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Mandatory evacuations were under way Friday affecting nearly 1 million residents and visitors in Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and Long Beach Island NJ.
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  • Fisherman Bill Sweeney, of Vineyard Haven, Mass., collects adult scallops from cages in Lagoon Pond, in Vineyard Haven, on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Sweeney removed the scallops, where they were placed to spawn, to be released back in the wild in advance of Hurricane Irene. The scallops could be killed if left in the traps during a hurricane.

      Fisherman Bill Sweeney, of Vineyard Haven, Mass., collects adult scallops from cages in Lagoon Pond, in Vineyard Haven, on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Sweeney removed the scallops, where they were placed to spawn, to be released back in the wild in advance of Hurricane Irene. The scallops could be killed if left in the traps during a hurricane.
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  • Residents and vacationers line up to buy ice in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast.

      Residents and vacationers line up to buy ice in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast.
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  • A surfer paddles out hoping to catch some big waves ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

      A surfer paddles out hoping to catch some big waves ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
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  • Mike Small, of Morehead City, N.C., loads bags of ice into his truck in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast. Hurricane warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. Hurricane watches were in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.

      Mike Small, of Morehead City, N.C., loads bags of ice into his truck in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast. Hurricane warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. Hurricane watches were in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.
    Associated Press

  • A lone beachgoer is seen in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 after evacuations in preparation for Hurricane Irene have left the area mostly deserted. The full force of Hurricane Irene was still a day away from the East Coast but heightened waves began hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday.

      A lone beachgoer is seen in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 after evacuations in preparation for Hurricane Irene have left the area mostly deserted. The full force of Hurricane Irene was still a day away from the East Coast but heightened waves began hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday.
    Associated Press

  • People take sandbags off a truck as residents prepare for Hurricane Irene in Annapolis, Md., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

      People take sandbags off a truck as residents prepare for Hurricane Irene in Annapolis, Md., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.
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  • Although the Tybee Island Ocean Rescue lifeguards closed the water to swimmers on Tybee Island, Ga., surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders still seek the thrill of high winds and choppy waves Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Due to high waves and hazardous rip currents from the outer bands of Hurricane Irene, the lifeguards decided to close the water to swimmers.

      Although the Tybee Island Ocean Rescue lifeguards closed the water to swimmers on Tybee Island, Ga., surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders still seek the thrill of high winds and choppy waves Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Due to high waves and hazardous rip currents from the outer bands of Hurricane Irene, the lifeguards decided to close the water to swimmers.
    Associated Press

  • A surfer catches a rare 12-foot wave at Folly Beach in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, as Hurricane Irene causes larger than normal swells along the South Carolina coast. Hurricane warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. Hurricane watches were in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.

      A surfer catches a rare 12-foot wave at Folly Beach in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, as Hurricane Irene causes larger than normal swells along the South Carolina coast. Hurricane warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. Hurricane watches were in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.
    Associated Press

  • Tybee Island Ocean Rescue lifeguard Andrew Robinson watches surfers with a pair of binoculars after closing the water to swimmers from on the pier in Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Due to high waves and hazardous rip currents from the outer bands of Hurricane Irene, the lifeguards decided to close the water to swimmers. Surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders still brave the waves.

      Tybee Island Ocean Rescue lifeguard Andrew Robinson watches surfers with a pair of binoculars after closing the water to swimmers from on the pier in Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Due to high waves and hazardous rip currents from the outer bands of Hurricane Irene, the lifeguards decided to close the water to swimmers. Surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders still brave the waves.
    Associated Press

  • Jim Blahut of Perennial Homes boards up the windows at Williams Cottage Inn, as residents prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irene makes it's way up the east coast, Friday Aug. 26, 2011 in Beach Haven, NJ. The building is circa 1886 and was renovated and opened as a bed and breakfast in 2007.

      Jim Blahut of Perennial Homes boards up the windows at Williams Cottage Inn, as residents prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irene makes it's way up the east coast, Friday Aug. 26, 2011 in Beach Haven, NJ. The building is circa 1886 and was renovated and opened as a bed and breakfast in 2007.
    Associated Press

 

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