Lifeguard Kyle Walsh jumps from his stand to warn swimmers of lightning along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Buxton, N.C., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. As Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major ... more 
Lifeguard Kyle Walsh jumps from his stand to warn swimmers of lightning along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Buxton, N.C., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. As Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas Wednesday, it continues to threaten much of the east coast as it is expected to get stronger over warm ocean waters and could become a Category 4 storm with winds of at least 131 mph (211 kph) by Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Gerry Broome
Wed, Aug 24, 2011 4:02 PM EDT