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HURRICANE IRENE’S outer bands reach NC; East Coast braces – CBS News

August 26, 2011

Irene’s outer bands reach NC; East Coast braces

August 26, 2011 10:07 AM

(CBS/AP)  NAGS HEAD, N.C. – 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.

For hundreds of miles, people in the storm’s path headed inland, made last-minute preparations and monitored the hurricane’s every subtle movement. Irene had the potential to cause billions of dollars in damage all along a densely populated arc that included Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and beyond. At least 65 million people were in its projected track.

“I cannot stress this highly enough,” President Barack Obama said from Blue Heron Farm on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he is on vacation with his family. “If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now. Don’t wait. Don’t delay. We all hope for the best, but we have to be prepared for the worst.”

As the storm trudged toward northwest from the Bahamas, rain from its outer bands began falling along the North and South Carolina coast. Swells and 6- to 9-foot waves were reported along the Outer Banks. Winds were expected to pick up later. Thousands had already lost power as the fringes of the storm began raking the shore.

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