Millions Brace As Hurricane Irene Heads Toward U.S.

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)
Heavy Rains Hit New York City
Heavy Rains Hit New York City
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: A woman covers her head 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)
Signs are seen on a boarded-up restauran
Signs are seen on a boarded-up restauran
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)
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)
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: Workers hurry to board up a store before heavy winds arrive 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
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: 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)
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)
(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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)
(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
A red flag reading "No Swimming" flies a
A red flag reading "No Swimming" flies above the deserted beach at Nag's Head 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)
(Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/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)
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)
A woman tans on a empty beach at Coney I
A woman tans on a empty beach at Coney I
A woman tans on a empty beach at Coney Island on August 26, 2011 in New York as Hurricane Irene continued toward the east coast. Millions of people 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)
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: People shop at a grocery store in Coney Island before the arrival of 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: People evacuate 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: People shop at a grocery store in Coney Island before the arrival of 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)
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: People evacuate 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 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)
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: Sand bags are stacked in front of a store on the boardwalk in preparation for Hurricane Irene 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 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)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Coastal Communities Along Eastern Seaboard Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Irene
OCEAN CITY, MD - AUGUST 26: An Ocean City lifeguard walks down the boardwalk in preparation for Hurricane Irene 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 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)
(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: People fill up bags with sand,in preparation for Hurricane Irene 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)
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: Dave Leverton (L) and Phillip Entwistle fill up bags with sand in preparation for Hurricane Irene 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 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)
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)

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