Hurricane Irene approaches the U.S.(14 images)

North Carolina authorities Friday began evacuating Hatteras Island as Hurricane Irene began lashing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. North Carolina authorities Friday began evacuating Hatteras Island as Hurricane Irene began lashing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. Irene, a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph sustained winds, was about 330 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C., moving north at 14 mph.

President Obama makes a statement about Hurricane Irene at his vacation home on Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Friday, August 26, 2011. UPI/Vincent DeWitt/Pool | License Photo
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