Hurricane Irene: North Carolina's Outer Banks

A surfer checks out the waves on a nearly empty beach along North Carolina's Outer Banks August 25, 2011 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Dare County, which includes Nags Head and the resort town of Kitty Hawk, has ordered a mandatory evacuation of an estimated 150,000 tourists effective this morning as Hurricane Irene strengthens and moves closer.

( Scott Olson / August 25, 2011 )

A surfer checks out the waves on a nearly empty beach along North Carolina's Outer Banks August 25, 2011 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Dare County, which includes Nags Head and the resort town of Kitty Hawk, has ordered a mandatory evacuation of an estimated 150,000 tourists effective this morning as Hurricane Irene strengthens and moves closer.

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