As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the Atlantic coast, crowds wait in line to pay at discount warehouse club Costco in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 26, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Photo by: Rod Lamkey Jr.

As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the Atlantic coast, crowds wait in line to pay at discount warehouse club Costco in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 26, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)