Residents along the North Carolina coast are making preparations ahead of Hurricane Sandy, while long-timers say the forecast threat pales in comparison to Hurricane Irene and the storms that preceded it.
The hurricane left 38 people dead across the Caribbean as it churned north on a path that's expected to keep the center well out to sea as it passed North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of a potential conversion into a winter storm next week further north along the East Coast.
On Ocracoke Island, home to 800 year-round residents, there were no plans for evacuations. But residents were stocking up on food and other supplies at the Ocracoke Variety Store.
As of 2 p.m., the National Hurricane Center placed the center of Sandy about 430 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C.