1. Storm Watch

    NC Governor: ‘Please Stay Inside’

    A reporter stands in the water in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, as the Hurricane Irene approaches. Irene slammed into North Carolina's coast around dawn Saturday with howling winds and drenching rains amid reports of flooding and tens of thousands of people without power. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Gerry Broome / AP Photo

    With Hurricane Irene blowing through the Outer Banks, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue begged North Carolina residents to “Please stay inside.” The storm has so far washed away two piers in the Outer Banks, blown the roof off a car dealership, and knocked out power at a hospital (in addition to hundreds of thousands of homes in North Carolina and Virginia). Winds are clocking in around 90 miles per hour.

    Read it at USA Today