Ocean City, MD

A sand sculpture weathers the early effects of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVWAN00009" title="Hurricane Irene (2011)" href="/topic/disasters-accidents/meteorological-disasters/hurricane-irene-%282011%29-EVWAN00009.topic">Hurricane Irene</a> at the beach in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100621010000" title="Ocean City" href="/topic/us/maryland/worcester-county/ocean-city-PLGEO100100621010000.topic">Ocean City</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100600000000" title="Maryland" href="/topic/us/maryland-PLGEO100100600000000.topic">Maryland</a>. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000100" title="National Hurricane Center" href="/topic/disasters-accidents/meteorological-disasters/hurricanes-tropical-storms/national-hurricane-center-ORGOV0000100.topic">National Hurricane Center</a> Director Bill Read said Irene, which will be the first significant hurricane to affect the populous Northeast in decades, would lash the Atlantic seaboard with tropical storm-force winds and a "huge swath of rain" from the Carolinas to New England.

( Reuters photo / August 27, 2011 )

A sand sculpture weathers the early effects of Hurricane Irene at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland. National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read said Irene, which will be the first significant hurricane to affect the populous Northeast in decades, would lash the Atlantic seaboard with tropical storm-force winds and a "huge swath of rain" from the Carolinas to New England.

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