Lifeguards keep watch over the beach 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 ... more 
Lifeguards keep watch over the beach 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 4:03 PM EDT