Bracing For Irene

Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
OCEAN CITY, MD - AUGUST 26: A man rides a bicycle past a boarded up store, on August 26, 2011 in Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan has ordered a mandatory evacuation for thousands of residents and visitors to leave the oceanfront community, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Irene approaches. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
New York City Begins Preparing For Direct Hit By Hurricane Irene
New York City Begins Preparing For Direct Hit By Hurricane Irene
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Ambulances wait to evacuate patients at Coney Island Hospital due to the impending Hurricane Irene, which is expected to make landfall in New York City sometime late tomorrow or early the next day, on August 26, 2011 in New York City. Coney Island Hospital, which is just two feet above sea level, will be closing and is in the process of evacuating 240 patients, 24 of whom are in critical condition. While Hurricane Irene lost some of its power in open water north of the Bahamas, the storm is still packing 110 mph winds. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
New York City Begins Preparing For Direct Hit By Hurricane Irene
New York City Begins Preparing For Direct Hit By Hurricane Irene
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Ambulances wait to evacuate patients at Coney Island Hospital due to the impending Hurricane Irene, which is expected to make landfall in New York City sometime late tomorrow or early the next day, on August 26, 2011 in New York City. Coney Island Hospital, which is just two feet above sea level, will be closing and is in the process of evacuating 240 patients, 24 of whom are in critical condition. While Hurricane Irene lost some of its power in open water north of the Bahamas, the storm is still packing 110 mph winds. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
OCEAN CITY, MD - AUGUST 26: A worker boards up a "Ripleys Believe it or not!" located on the boardwalk August 26, 2011 in Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan has ordered a mandatory evacuation for thousands of residents and visitors to leave the ocean front community and Maryland's Governor O'Malley has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Irene moves up the eastern seaboard. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
People board up shops in Kill Devil Hill
People board up shops in Kill Devil Hill
People board up shops in Kill Devil Hills in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 26, 2011 ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. Millions of people on the US east coast braced for the hurricane, a massive storm officials fear will cause widespread flooding and dangerous conditions up the seaboard. Officials from North Carolina to New York declared states of emergency as tens of thousands of the most vulnerable residents were ordered to higher ground as Irene raced toward the US mainland. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker removes panels from one of the
A worker removes panels from one of the
A worker removes panels from one of the Luna Park amusement rides at Coney Island on August 26, 2011 in New York as people prepare for Hurricane Irene. Millions of people on the US east coast braced for the hurricane, a massive storm officials fear will cause widespread flooding and dangerous conditions up the seaboard. Officials from North Carolina to New York declared states of emergency as tens of thousands of the most vulnerable residents were ordered to higher ground as Irene raced toward the US mainland. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Private ambulances prepare for the trans
Private ambulances prepare for the trans
Private ambulances prepare for the transport of patients from Coney Island Hospital August 26, 2011 as evacuations began in low-lying parts of New York early Friday. Forecasters predict Hurricane Irene to move up the US east coast, where it could hit New York City by late August 27 or 28. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
North Carolina Prepares For Hurricane Irene
North Carolina Prepares For Hurricane Irene
KITTY HAWK, NC - AUGUST 26: Sufers take advantage of the waves as Hurricane Irene begins to stir up the water along the North Carolina coast August 26, 2011 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Dare County, which includes the vacation towns of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, has ordered a mandatory evacuation of tourists and residents as Hurricane Irene strengthens and moves closer to the area. The eye of the hurricane is expected to pass over Dare County tomorrow afternoon. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
North Carolina Prepares For Hurricane Irene
North Carolina Prepares For Hurricane Irene
KITTY HAWK, NC - AUGUST 26: A surfer takes advantage of a wave as Hurricane Irene begins to stir up the water along the North Carolina coast August 26, 2011 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Dare County, which includes the vacation towns of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, has ordered a mandatory evacuation of tourists and residents as Hurricane Irene strengthens and moves closer to the area. The eye of the hurricane is expected to pass over Dare County tomorrow afternoon. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
North Carolina Prepares For Hurricane Irene
North Carolina Prepares For Hurricane Irene
KITTY HAWK, NC - AUGUST 26: A surfer paddles out to catch a wave as the surf begins to pick up in front of Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Dare County, which includes the vacation towns of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, has ordered a mandatory evacuation of tourists and residents as Hurricane Irene strengthens and moves closer to the area. The eye of the hurricane is expected to pass over Dare County tomorrow afternoon. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: Chris Pittman (L) and Bill Vota of Villas, New Jersey board up a store front on the historic Washington Mall in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: Store windows are taped in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: Miguel Serra (L) of Villas, New Jersey and Paul Burgin of Cape May Point board up a home in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: Dave Thompson of Doylestown, Pennsylvania boards up a store front on the historic Washington Mall in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: A sign saying "Go Away Irene!" is spray painted on a baorded up storefront in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: A lighthouse sits in the path of Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
VILLAS, NJ - AUGUST 26: A "closed" signs hang on the door of a convenience store in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Villas, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
VILLAS, NJ - AUGUST 26: A "closed" signs hang on the door of a convenience store in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Villas, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: Cape May workers remove benches from the promenade near the beach in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: Two women walks on Beach Avenue as the town is preparing for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
NORTH CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: People wait in line for gas during a mandatory evacuation in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in North Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Hurricane Irene Passes Over The Bahamas
Hurricane Irene Passes Over The Bahamas
BAHAMAS - AUGUST 25: In this handout image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite and provided by NASA, a dense center can be seen surrounded by bands of thunderstorms which spiral tightly against the cloud-filled eye of Hurricane Irene August 25, 2011 as it moves across the Bahamas. At the time Irene was slowly moving across the Bahamas with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km/h), and classified as a Category 3 hurricane. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
OCEAN CITY, MD - AUGUST 26: A police car patrols the streets on August 26, 2011 in Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan has ordered a mandatory evacuation for thousands of residents and visitors to leave the oceanfront community, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Irene approaches. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
OCEAN CITY, MD - AUGUST 26: A tourist walks on the usually crowded boardwalk on August 26, 2011 in Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan has ordered a mandatory evacuation for thousands of residents and visitors to leave the oceanfront community, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Irene approaches. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Signs are seen on a boarded-up restaurant
Signs are seen on a boarded-up restaurant
Signs are seen on a boarded-up restaurant reading in Kill Devil Hills in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011 ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. North Carolina declared a state of emergency as it braced for powerful Hurricane Irene, with a county ordering thousands of residents to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Signs are seen on a boarded-up restaurant
Signs are seen on a boarded-up restaurant
Signs are seen on a boarded-up restaurant reading in Kill Devil Hills in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011 ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. North Carolina declared a state of emergency as it braced for powerful Hurricane Irene, with a county ordering thousands of residents to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Florida Beaches Feel Effects Of Hurricane Irene
Florida Beaches Feel Effects Of Hurricane Irene
BOYNTON BEACH, FL - AUGUST 25: Lilyana Fowler (L) and Isabella Lugli brace themselves as a wave bursts onto a pier at the Boynton Beach inlet on August 25, 2011 in Boynton Beach, Florida. Hurricane Irene is moving over the Bahamas and could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast the morning of August 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Florida Beaches Feel Effects Of Hurricane Irene
Florida Beaches Feel Effects Of Hurricane Irene
BOYNTON BEACH, FL - AUGUST 25: Isabella Lugli braces herself as a wave bursts onto a pier at the Boynton Beach inlet on August 25, 2011 in Boynton Beach, Florida. Hurricane Irene is moving over the Bahamas and could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast the morning of August 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
North Carolina Prepares For Hurricane Irene
North Carolina Prepares For Hurricane Irene
NAGS HEAD, NC - AUGUST 25: Fen Rascoe boards up his parent's cottage as they prepare for Hurricane Irene August 25, 2011 in Nags Head, North Carolina. The ocean-front cottage was built in 1932 by Rascoe's grandfather. Dare County, which includes Nags Head, has ordered a mandatory evacuation of an estimated 150,000 tourists effective this morning as Hurricane Irene strengthens and moves closer. Residents of the town were given until Friday to evacuate. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A sign reads "Irene Keep Your Eye Off My
A sign reads "Irene Keep Your Eye Off My
A sign reads "Irene Keep Your Eye Off My Pickle" at a sandwich shop in Frisco on Hatteras Island in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011 ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. North Carolina declared a state of emergency as it braced for powerful Hurricane Irene, with a county ordering thousands of residents to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy Rains Hit New York City
Heavy Rains Hit New York City
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Pedestrians try to keep dry during an afternoon shower on August 25, 2011 in New York City. New York City and much of the Eastern Seaboard is preparing for Hurricane Irene, which is expected to arrive in the metropolitan area this weekend. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Heavy Rains Hit New York City
Heavy Rains Hit New York City
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Pedestrians try to keep dry during an afternoon shower on August 25, 2011 in New York City. New York City and much of the Eastern Seaboard is preparing for Hurricane Irene, which is expected to arrive in the metropolitan area this weekend. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A sign reads "Ready for Irene" in Frisco
A sign reads "Ready for Irene" in Frisco
A sign reads "Ready for Irene" in Frisco on Hatteras Island in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011 ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. North Carolina declared a state of emergency as it braced for powerful Hurricane Irene, with a county ordering thousands of residents to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
A family enjoys the beach at Kill Devil Hills
A family enjoys the beach at Kill Devil Hills
A family enjoys the beach at Kill Devil Hills in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011 ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. North Carolina declared a state of emergency as it braced for powerful Hurricane Irene, with a county ordering thousands of residents to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Cars pass a mandatory evacuation sign on Hatteras Island
Cars pass a mandatory evacuation sign on Hatteras Island
Cars pass a mandatory evacuation sign on Hatteras Island in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011 ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. The sign was calling for the evacuation of visitors and residents of nearby Ocracoke Island. North Carolina declared a state of emergency as it braced for powerful Hurricane Irene, with a county ordering thousands of residents to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
A contractor brings wooden boards on a forklift
A contractor brings wooden boards on a forklift
A contractor brings wooden boards on a forklift to board up businesses at the Hatteras Landing Marina on Hatteras Island in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011 ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. North Carolina declared a state of emergency as it braced for powerful Hurricane Irene, with a county ordering thousands of residents to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Cars come off a ferry after arriving at Hatteras Island
Cars come off a ferry after arriving at Hatteras Island
Cars come off a ferry after arriving at Hatteras Island from nearby Ocracoke Island in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 25, 2011 as visitors were ordered to evacuate Ocracoke ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. North Carolina declared a state of emergency as it braced for powerful Hurricane Irene, with a county ordering thousands of residents to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Florida Beaches Feel Effects Of Hurricane Irene
Florida Beaches Feel Effects Of Hurricane Irene
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - AUGUST 25: CJ Macias rides his surf board as he takes advantage of the waves created by Hurricane Irene as it passes off the coast on August 25, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Irene is moving over the Bahamas and could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast the morning of August 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Hurricane Heads Toward U.S.
Hurricane Heads Toward U.S.
CARIBBEAN SEA - AUGUST 25: In this handout satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Irene on August 25, 2011 in the Caribbean Sea. Irene, now a Category 3 storm with winds of 115 miles per hour, is projected to become Category 4 storm as it moves toward the eastern seaboard of the U.S. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
Hurricane Irene Heads Toward U.S.
Hurricane Irene Heads Toward U.S.
CARIBBEAN SEA - AUGUST 24: In this handout MODIS satellite image provided by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Hurricane Irene (top center) churns over the Bahamas on August 24, 2011 in the Caribbean Sea. Irene, now a Category 3 storm with winds of 120 miles per hour, is projected to possibly clip the Outer Banks region of North Carolina before moving up the eastern seaboard of the U.S. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Miami Hurricane Center Tracks Path Of Hurricane Irene
Miami Hurricane Center Tracks Path Of Hurricane Irene
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24: Hurricane Specialist Eric Blake works on tracking Hurricane Irene at the National Hurricane Center on August 24, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Irene is on track to move over the Bahamas as a category 3 storm and from there cooler ocean temperatures are expected to lessen the wind speeds, but it could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast August 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Miami Hurricane Center Tracks Path Of Hurricane Irene
Miami Hurricane Center Tracks Path Of Hurricane Irene
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24: Senior Hurricane Specialist Daniel Brown studies computer models as he tracks Hurricane Irene at the National Hurricane Center on August 24, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Irene is on track to move over the Bahamas as a category 3 storm and from there cooler ocean temperatures are expected to lessen the wind speeds, but it could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast August 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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