Jonna Packer, right, and Raymond Braxton, of Morehead City, N.C., watch the surf at Atlantic Beach, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. A hurricane watch was issued early Thursday for much of the North ... more 
Jonna Packer, right, and Raymond Braxton, of Morehead City, N.C., watch the surf at Atlantic Beach, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. A hurricane watch was issued early Thursday for much of the North Carolina coast. Officials along the East Coast of the United States are calculating what they need to do if Irene becomes the first major hurricane to strike the region in seven years. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Chuck Burton
Thu, Aug 25, 2011 7:42 AM EDT