Irene Evacuations Begin in NC

    Residents watch the sea surge due to the approach of Hurricane Irene to Nagua, in the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Monday, Aug, 22, 2011. Hurricane Irene churned into a stronger Category 2 storm on Monday evening, after raking Puerto Rico with strong winds and rain that knocked out power to more than a million people, on a track that could carry it to the U.S. Southeast as a major storm by the end of the week. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)

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    Northeasterners could experience an earthquake and a hurricane in the same week. Hurricane Irene grew into a Category 3 storm Wednesday morning as it rushes toward the United States. The storm is expected to hit North Carolina first on Saturday and then continue to move up the coast toward the Northeast. Evacuations have already begun on North Carolina's Ocracoke Island, where 800 year-round citizens and tourists began leaving on ferries. The evacuation will test residents' preparedness for the first major East Coast hurricane in years; the first cars off the island had New York and New Jersey license plates.

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