In North Carolina, traffic is steady as people leave the Outer Banks. Tourists were ordered to leave the barrier islands yesterday and many are following as ordered today.
The hurricane would be the strongest to strike the East Coast in seven years, and people are already getting out of the way. After dousing the Bahamas, it is again moving over warm Atlantic waters that will energize it.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have been told to pack a bag and be prepared to move elsewhere. The nation's biggest city hasn't seen a hurricane in decades. Risks are many from Irene's wrath: surging seas, drenching rains, flash floods and high winds are all possibilities the Federal Emergency Management Agency director wasn't counting out.