Dramatic Photos: The Fury of Irene

The first hurricane to threaten the U.S. mainland in three years is a monster.

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Waves crash along a seawall as Tropical Storm Irene, downgraded from a hurricane, slammed into Fairhaven , Mass. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene appeared to have fallen short of the doomsday predictions, but more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast reportedly lost power, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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Waves crash along a seawall as Hurricane Irene slammed into Fairhaven, Mass. Irene lashed some of the biggest cities in the Northeast with wind gusts, torrential rains and flooding. Take a look at dramatic photos capturing the hurricane's fury and aftermath.
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A person searches for anyone who may be occupying the building as raging flood waters from Hurricane Irene cross Route 100, closing the main road to traffic in Waitsfield, Vermont.
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Waves churned up by Hurricane Irene crash into the damaged Ocean City pier in Maryland.
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A woman and a child sit on a public bench amid floodwater on Rockway Beach, New York after Hurricane Irene swept through New York City.
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A woman lifts her dog up after flood waters became too deep for it to continue walking along the East River Bikeway after Hurricane Irene dumped more than six inches of rain in New York City.
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A local resident of Red Hook, New York, Betty Walsh, crosses a flooded street in the Brooklyn borough of New York City after hurricane Irene dumped more tahn six inches of rain in the area.
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A New York City taxi is stranded in deep water on Manhattan's West Side as Tropical Storm Irene passed through the city.
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Jackie Scholl holds up a diving fin she found in the water of a flooded parking lot that was created when Hurricane Irene swept through Long Beach, New York..
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A stranded sailboat founders in the surf along the Willoughby Spit area of Norfolk, Virginia as Hurricane Irene hits the area Saturday.
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Kris Bush and Alex Askew fight through blowing sand and rain to look over the beach during Hurricane Irene in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
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A flooded road is seen in Hatteras Island, North Carolina after Hurricane Irene swept through the area cutting the roadway in five locations. Irene caused more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast to reportedly lose power over the weekend.
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Two Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority trains sit in water on flooded tracks at Trenton train station as rains from Hurricane Irene lashed the area.
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Officials survey the damage to route 12 on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. Hurricane Irene swept through the area Saturday cutting the roadway in five locations.
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Residents of Stumpy Point, North Carolina make their way into their flooded home following the effects of Hurricane Irene.
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A man walks on top of a wall next to a flooded highway in New Brunswick, New Jersey as heavy rains left by Hurricane Irene are causing inland flooding of rivers and streams.
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Rough surf caused by Hurricane Irene off the coast of Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
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A Beach Patrol Headquarters used by City of Long Beach lifeguards was lifted and moved to the boardwalk by the strong winds of Hurricane Irene as it swept through Long Island, New York.
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Empty train tracks are seen in New York City, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, after Hurricane Irene slammed the region earlier.
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A flooded road is seen in Hatteras Island,North Carolina after Hurricane Irene swept through the area Saturday.
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Streets of Asbury Park, New Jersey are flooded after Hurricane Irene moved through the area Sunday.
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Shirley Larkin, 74, center, is brought down from a boat by Alban Ameti, left, a firefighter with the Lincoln Park New Jersey Fire Department, and Cindy LaPoint, of the Lincoln Park first aid squad, during a boat rescue mission in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
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Bonnie Chapman, of Highland, watches as floodwaters from Hurricane Irene stream down Vineyard Avenue in Highland, New York.
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The ground floor entrance to the Allegria Hotel on West Broadway in Long Beach, New York is covered in mud, after Hurricane Irene swept through the area.
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Flooding in the southern Maryland community of Cove Point is seen during a helicopter tour of damage from Hurricane Irene.
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A man looks through fallen trees onto power lines which shut down Derwin Road after Hurricane Irene passed through Monroe Twp, Pa.
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Flooding water from Hurricane Irene causes debris to build up along a temporary bridge on State Route 29 in Noxen, Pa., Sunday.
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Police and fire officials look over the scene of fast-moving flood waters overlapping parked cars on Ferry St. in Trenton, New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
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Large sections of a golf course is flooded by Hurricane Irene in southern New Jersey.
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Flooded cars outside a store in Washingtonville, New York Sunday following heavy rains.
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Residents of the New Dorp section of the Staten Island Borough of New York wade in waist deep water in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene,
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The parking lot at Loockerman Exchange in Dover, Delaware is inundated with floodwater after Hurricane Irene.
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Commuters pass through turnstiles before boarding a Manhattan-bound train in the Queens borough of New York. The MTA New York City Subway is back up and running Monday after a system-wide shutdown due to hurricane Irene.
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A local resident of Red Hook, Franklin Mount, crosses a street flooded by hurricane Irene on his bicycle in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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People watch the heavy surf pound the beach created when Hurricane Irene swept through on August 28 in Long Beach, New York. While Hurricane Irene has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has knocked out power to more than 3 million people and is attributed to at least 19 deaths as it travels up the Eastern seaboard.
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About a mile and a half of the synthetic plank two mile boardwalk in Spring Lake, New Jersey was destroyed and rendered unusable by Hurricane Irene on August 28.
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A sign welcoming Hurricane Irene is painted on plywood boards August 28, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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The Brooklyn Bridge stands shrouded in heavy rain and dark clouds as Hurricane Irene reaches the New York City area on August 28 in New York City.
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A Brooklyn resident takes a photograph from Valentino Pier in Red Hook as the skies clear in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene on August 28.
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Nancy Zakhary of Brooklyn wades through flood waters filling the intersection of Main St. and Plymouth St. in DUMBO, Brooklyn as Hurricane Irene reaches the New York City Area on August 28.
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The sun sets over the World Trade Center site after the tropical storm passed through.
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Billy Stinson comforts his daughter Erin Stinson as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood August 28, in Nags Head, North Carolina. The cottage, built in 1903 and destroyed yesterday by Hurricane Irene, was one of the first vacation cottages built on Albemarle Sound in Nags Head. Stinson has owned the home, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, since 1963. "We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset," said Erin afterward.
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Ivan Ireland, 43, traverses his property with a cooler and his daughters Ava Ireland, 3, as they prepare to leave their destroyed home after riding out Hurricane Irene on Goose Creek Island on August 28, 2011 in Lowland, North Carolina.
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NBC reporter Peter Alexander bends to fight winds on the Coney Island boardwalk in New York Sunday morning. The storm, which was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday, came ashore Brooklyn with winds of 65 miles per hour.
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The limb of a large tree broken by Tropical Storm Irene lies against a house in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Yeshwant Chitalkar clears a drain in the street of debris with his hands in Brooklyn, New York. Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan on Sunday as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York City.
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Business are flooded along on McDade Blvd. in Darby, PA near Philadelphia. Hurricane Irene slammed into Pennsylvania bringing rain and gusty winds that generated widespread flooding, toppled trees, and power outages.
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Lots of mussels washed ashore on a beach on Long Island Sound during Hurricane Irene.
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A downed tree brought down a telephone line on a residential street in Old Town Alexandria, VA due to hurricane Irene.
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A law enforcement officer mans a blockade near the flooded McDade Boulevard in Darby, Pa., near Philadelphia.
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Fallen live electric wires caused a fire in Old Bethpage in New York, when Irene, downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday, moved through Long Island.
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The serene water and calm sky over Virginia Beach, Virginia Sunday show no sign of the storm that roared through the area Saturday. Here, Casey and Denise Robinson survey the damage to their beach house. Officials speculate that a tornado swept through the area.
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Pat Valent helps friends clean up their storm-damaged beach house in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach Sunday, a day after Irene churned through the area.
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A National Guard vehicle pushes through a flooded road in Southampton, New York Sunday morning, ahead of Irene's arrival in the area.
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Debris, left in the wake of Hurricane Irene, lays strewn across the beach at Atlantic City, New Jersey Sunday.
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Small mounds of sand blanket the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland Sunday morning after a night of winds, rain and high surf.
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Dark clouds loom over the skyline of downtown Manhattan Sunday morning, hammering rain on an already saturated city.
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People sleep at Penn Station in New York early Sunday morning as Irene approaches. On Saturday, public transportation services across the region were shut down or scaled back in anticipation of high winds and flooding.
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A fallen tree blocks a bike lane in Philadelphia, following a night of high winds and heavy rain.
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One of the units at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Maryland went off-line automatically Sunday due to high winds from Hurricane Irene.
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New York City streets are quiet the last Saturday night in August, as the city braces for Irene's arrival. Mass transit is shut down and road signs, like this one on Canal Street, warn of flooding.
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Strong surf from Hurricane Irene topples a buoy in Ocean City, Maryland.
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Waves slam into Ocean City, Maryland as the category one storm climbs up the East Coast on Saturday.
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Streets flooded in Monteo, North Carolina, where these men relied on a boat to navigate residential streets.
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Two men paddle a boat bown a street flooded by Hurricane Irene as it approached Saturday in Manteo, N.C.
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A small car gets stuck on a flooded road near Rudee inlet as Hurricane Irene hits Virginia Beach Saturday night.
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Winds from Hurricane Irene damaged several mobile homes in New Bern, North Carolina.
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Streets flooded outside this repair shop in North Carolina. The hurricane knocked out power and piers in the state as well.
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Strong winds pushed Kayla Mejia's umbrella inside out during a visit to City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Waves slam against the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday.
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Two men use garbage bags to shield themselves from rain in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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Jarod Wilton watches flood waters rising to his doorstep in Alliance, North Carolina.
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Sarah Pease-Kerr and Chris Barrett of South Kingstown, R.I. watch Irene's waves crash ashore Saturday in Rhode Island.
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People hurry in the rain on the boardwalk as Hurricane Irene bears down on Cape May, New Jersey.
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The Naked Cowboy wears a life preserver while posing for pictures with tourists in Times Square during Hurricane Irene.
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Winds from Irene whip up a mix of sand and rain in Nags Head, North Carolina Saturday.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) members update President Obama (far right) on the status of Irene as the hurricane moves up the East Coast on Saturday.
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A man fills sand bags at Rockaway Beach, New York as ominous clouds begin to roll in, Saturday.
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Wind and water whip across the beach as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, North Carolina.
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A downpour from Hurricane Irene slows traffic in downtown Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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As others in New York evacuated or took cover, Yuria Celidwen tasted the rain in a nearly deserted Times Square.
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Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, North Carolina.
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A man walks along Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks, North Carolina Saturday as Hurricane Irene reaches the North Carolina coast.
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Virginia Beach visitors point out the waves as Hurricane Irene approaches the region in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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A man struggles against the wind while trying to walk over the dunes as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, North Carolina.
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A man and a woman brace against wind and rain as Hurricane Irene approaches Saturday in Monteo, North Carolina.
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Heavy rains and wind from Hurricane Irene whip the sand on the beach at Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
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This satellite image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Irene churning off the East Coast on Saturday.
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A family riding in their golf cart are caught in the first bands of rain and wind from Hurricane Irene in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Heavy rains from Hurricane Irene flood an ocean front street in Pawleys Island, south Carolina.
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Motorists drive through a flooded street in Leonardtown, Maryland after Hurricane Irene passed through the area.
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Workers install boards to protect the front windows of Bloomingdale's in preparation for Hurricane Irene's arrival Saturday morning.
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A Whole Foods worker attempts to explain the supermarket's closing to angry customers who waited for their turn to stock up on supplies before hurrican Irene arrives in the area.
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James Long of the Coney Island section of New York hops on a subway with his dog Pebbles as they evacuate Coney Island as hurricane Irene nears.
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Construction cranes stand idle on the World Trade Center site in New York. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Friday it is securing all cranes and other construction equipment at the site due to Hurricane Irene.
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Travelers wait in line to board Amtrak trains at Union Station in Washington. Many travelers were trying to leave before hurricane Irene arrived in the area. Most train service was shut down by Saturday afternoon.
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A front loader builds sand dunes to hold the surf back in preparation for Hurricane Irene in Long Beach New York.
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A posted sign at the Sands beach club in Atlantic Beach, New York warns members that the beach is closed to swimmers due to the dangerous surf caused by Hurricane Irene.
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Children stroll along the boardwalk at Coney Island beach while Hurricane Irene bears down on the eastern seaboard.
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Vehicles sit in a traffic jam on the northbound Garden State Parkway near Ocean View, New Jersey. Ahead of Hurricane Irene, mandatory evacuations were under way Friday affecting nearly one million residents and visitors along the coast.
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Tracy Spinney of New York, left, help secure a sail boat at the Manhattan Sailing club marina. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered mandatory evacuations for residents in low-lying coastal areas.
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A member of the Tybee Island Ocean Rescue team closes the water to swimmers in Tybee Island, Georgia as hurricane Irene draws near.
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Barry Tischler and his wife Susan Tischler move some plywood sheets to board up store fronts on Washington Mall in Cape May, New Jersey.
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Crews with South Carolina Electric and Gas work to repair power lines that were downed by the first bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Irene.
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Kia Head carries Christian Searcy in her arms while protecting their faces from wind and sand blown in from Hurricane Irene in Tybee Island, Georgia.
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President Barack Obama speaks about Hurricane Irene in Chilmark, Mass. on Martha's Vineyard. With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, President Barack Obama will end his Martha's Vineyard vacation and return to Washington early.
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Surfers look at the waves crashing against the Oceana Pier in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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A sign saying "Go Away Irene!" is spray painted on a boarded up storefront in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26 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.
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Sandbridge resident Sonny Latulipe fills sandbags in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday, Aug. 26. Hurricane Irene is expected to hit the area Saturday.
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Sentara Nursing Center Currituck resident J.T Campbell, second from right, waits to be evacuated in response to a mandatory evacuation order in Barco, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast. Most of the residents will be moved to other Sentara Life Care facilities in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
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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. 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.
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Miguel Serra (L), of Villas, New Jersey and Paul Burgin of Cape May Point board up a home in preparation for Hurricane Irene. 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.
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A red flag reading "No Swimming" flies above the deserted beach at Nag's Head in the North Carolina Outerbanks, ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene. 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.
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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. on Aug. 26, 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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IN Kitty Hawk, N.C., a surfer paddles out to catch a wave as the surf begins to pick up in front of Hurricane Irene August 26. 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.
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Elsewhere in N.C., town workers remove a parking hut near the beach in Atlantic Beach on Aug. 26, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast.
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In Virginia, Home Depot employees, Richard Howell, left, and Farid Elattar, right, load up emergency generators for Virginia Beach residents in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. The storm is expected to hit the area Saturday.
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Farther up the east coast, in New York, a worker removes panels from one of the Luna Park amusement rides at Coney Island on August 26 as people prepare for Hurricane Irene.
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Home Depot in Manahawkin, N.J., remained open late into the night as residents prepare for the worst as Hurricane Irene makes it's way up the east coast. Tens of thousands of visitors to the New Jersey shore and many residents have begun an orderly exodus after a series of requests to evacuate ahead of the storm.
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Michael Francoeur, owner of Carolina Creations in New Bern, N.C., installs a new metal shutter system over his store front in preparation for a possible strike by Hurricane Irene.
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Plantation Resort landscaping manager Chris Jaeger fills his truck and ten five-gallon gas containers, in Garden City, S.C. He said they gassed up their vehicles to be prepared in case Hurricane Irene hits the area.
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A highway sign in Nags Head, North Carolina warns visitors they need to evacuate Dare County ahead of Hurricane Irene.
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A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper, right, stops a vehicle at the ramp to the bridge to Atlantic Beach, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast.
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Cory Ritz braces himself as a wave bursts onto a pier at Boynton Beach Inlet in Florida. Authorities said 8 were injured after a wave stirred up by Irene swept over a jetty there.
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Ismael Ramirez, right, drills a plywood board on a home an Ortley Beach New Jersey as his brother Jorge Ramirez measures a board as the handymen work on boarding up a home for a New Jersey Shore resident in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
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Cars clog the roadway to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel as Hurricane Irene approaches, Thursday, Aug. 25, in Norfolk, Va.
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Shoppers stock up on water from rapidly emptying shelves at a grocery store in Far Rockaway, New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged residents living in low-lying areas to line up a place to stay on high ground ahead of a possible evacuation due to Hurricane Irene.
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged residents of New York's low-lying areas to begin evacuating Friday, Aug. 26. More evacuations could be necessary for what may be a direct hit on the city.
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A church marquee comments on Hurricane Irene on Tybee Island, Georgia., Thursday. Tybee, one of Georgia's few out island communities, is only expecting high surf from Hurricane Irene as the storm passes by the island.
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Workers harvest corn in Engelhard, North Carolina in advance of Hurricane Irene as it threatens to make landfall in North Carolina. The storm's winds and torrential rains could mean devastating losses for those who grow corn, cotton, soybeans, tobacco and timber.
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This Nags Head, North Carolina ocean-front cottage, built in 1932, is ready for hurricane Irene. Nags Head ordered a mandatory evacuation of an estimated 150,000 tourists as Hurricane Irene strengthens and moves closer to the coast.
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Signs are seen on a boarded-up restaurant in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. North Carolina declared a state of emergency as it braced for powerful Hurricane Irene.
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A woman pulls a cart containing a kit containing a generator, a five-gallon gas container and a power cord at a Home Depot store in Kitty Hawk in the North Carolina Outerbanks ahead of the expected landfall of Hurricane Irene.
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Glenn Woolfrey and Jason Skrobacz remove lawn jockeys from the front of Jockey's Ribs restaurant in preparation for Hurricane Irene in Nags Head, North Carolina.
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Emory Blair takes to the ocean with his surfboard to take advantage of the waves created by Hurricane Irene as it passes off the Florida coast.
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A lifeguard opens a widow to the lifeguard stand as a caution flag flies in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast.
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Construction workers disassemble a temporary building on the beach that was set up for an upcoming surfing competition in Long Beach, New York Thursday. The building was being being taken down to over concerns that it lies in the path of Irene, which is threatening to hit the East Coast.
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An unidentified U.S. Navy ship passes through the First Island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 in Virginia Beach. The Navy routinely moves their ships out to the Atlantic Ocean when the area of Naval Station Norfolk is threatened by a hurricane. The haze in the air is smoke from a nearby wildfire.
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A sign is seen at a business in Avon North Carolina on the Outer Banks. Hurricane Irene could hit anywhere from North Carolina to New York this weekend.
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Cars drive north away from North Carolina's Outer Banks Thursday. A mandatory visitor evacuation order is in place as Hurricane Irene approaches.
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Heeding a mandatory evacuation order due to hurricane Irene Shawn Wyn of Cleona, Pa., right, and his family pack up as they leave their rented beach house. A hurricane watch was issued early Thursday for much of the North Carolina coast.
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Even though the center of Hurricane Irene is more than 230 miles away, clouds associated with extreme outer bands of the tropical cyclone swirl above calm waters of Biscayne Bay in Miami.
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Floridians, including this shopper in West Palm Beach, are getting ready just in case Hurricane Irene hits the area. But the storm, currently projected to hit North Carolina on Saturday, could bypass most of Florida.
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Tourist Neil Marcella of Yorktown Virginia rides his bike in an empty ferry parking at Cape Hatteras, N.C. as evacuations from Ocracoke Island started Wednesday in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
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Visitors from Dahlonega, Georgia watch the surf crash into the pylons under the pier on Tybee Island, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, as Hurricane Irene heads towards South Florida. Forecasters are predicting that Irene will strike North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday.
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Roxani Palacios of Nassau takes a photograph of approaching stor clouds as the wind blows from the effects of Hurricane Irene in Nassau, on New Providence Island in the Bahamas.
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A man walks where a wave sprays the street as the outer bands of Hurricane Irene affect Baracoa, Cuba.
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Residents watch the water outside their home in the Moscu neighborhood of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic of an overflowed river after the passing of Hurricane Irene.
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Jeremy Pickett and Thad Midgett boards the windows of a shopping store in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Evacuations began on Ocracoke Island off North Carolina as Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas on Wednesday with the East Coast in its sights.
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Henry Paul boards up windows at a residence in preparation for Hurricane Irene in Nassau on New Providence Island in the Bahamas.
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The storm first made a major impact on Puerto Rico, which it directly hit Monday, tearing up trees and knocking out power to more than a million people. A man waded through a flooded street in Naguabo in the U.S. territory.
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This boy walked hanging from a fence outside his flooded house after Hurricane Irene hit Naguabo on Monday.
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Meantime, a woman was carried on a stretcher by civil defense workers after she could not attend respiratory therapy due to an emphysema after Hurricane Irene flooded where she lives in Naguabo.
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Irene next headed out to sea, passing north of the Dominican Republic, but the storm's outer bands buffeted the northern coast with dangerous sea surge and downpours. Residents watched the roiling surf in Nagua on Monday.
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People walk on the road between Gonaives and Cap Haitien under the rain from the outer bands of Hurricane Irene in Haiti.
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A child walks at a beach covered by debris after the passing of Hurricane Irene in Nagua, in the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.
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A resident watches the sea surge along a beach covered by debris after the passing of Hurricane Irene in Nagua on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic,
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Two young ladies wade through the water in the battered town of Nagua on August 23, 2011 as winds and rain of Hurricane Irene are still lashing the northern coast of the island of Hispaniola, which the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti. Some 11000 people were evacuated and placed in shelters or private homes.
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A man walks where a wave sprays the street as the outer bands of Hurricane Irene affect Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011.
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Todd Kimberlain tracked Irene's progress at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
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Back in West Palm Beach, Janice Gainer (left) and Peggy Dillard loaded up on supplies, including water.
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Edward Velasquez loaded up on water at Home Depot in West Palm Beach in anticipation of Irene, the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season.
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George Flo (right) and Ziomara Flo also bought water—and seemed ready to grill on the road if needed.
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A setting sun is seen across the Croatan Sound near Manteo, North Carolina. Hurricane Irene threatens the Outer Banks as it moves up the east coast..
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Beachgoers sit and walk in the sun at Folly Beach, South Carolina as Hurricane Irene spins hundreds of miles at sea. The National Hurricane Center forecast brings the storm north toward the Carolinas.
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Jeremy Pickett cut pieces of boards to protect the windows in a shopping store in Cape Hatteras in preparation for Hurricane Irene at Cape Hatteras. N.C. Evacuations began on Ocracoke Island off North Carolina as Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas, with the East Coast in its sights.
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Ferry parking at Cape Hatteras is empty as evacuations from Ocracoke Island have begun in preparation for Hurricane Irene in Cape Hatteras. N.C.
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Some residents appeared unaffected by the forecast of the arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 26, 2011 in Montauk, New York.
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Sophie Waterfield, from left, Skylr Peele, Chloe Waterfield and Tim Waterfield look out at the ocean waves near the Frisco, N.C., pier as the first storm bands from Hurricane Irene arrive, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.
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Kaylan Davis, 7, and Acy Davis, 8, play under a pier during a storm surge caused by Hurricane Irene in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
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A man is seen parachute surfing at the beach in Kill Devil Hills in the North Carolina Outerbanks on August 26, 2011 ahead of the expected landfall in the area of Hurricane Irene.
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President Barack Obama speaks with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on the aftermath of Hurricane Irene from the Rose Garden of the White House on August 28, 2011.
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Flooding caused by Hurricane Irene, the nearby Atlantic Ocean and the breaking of local dams covers areas of Spring Lake, New Jersey.
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Franklin Mount of Red Hook, Brooklyn, crosses a flooded street on his bicycle.
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