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Outer Banks

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite image shows Hurricane Irene's eye forming on August 24, 2011 in the Caribbean Sea. (credit: NOAA via Getty Images)

East Coast Braces For Irene

Thousands were fleeing an exposed strip of coastal villages and beaches off North Carolina on Thursday as Irene approached, threatening to become the first major hurricane to hit the East Coast in seven years.

08/25/2011