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  • Kia Head carries Christian Searcy in her arms while protecting their faces from wind and sand blown in from Hurricane Irene in Tybee Island, Ga., on Aug. 26, 2011. Hurricane Irene is expected to pass off shore of coastal Georgia but officals are still banning swimmers for the water due to high winds and rough seas. (Associated Press)

    Irene brings rain, heavy seas to East Coast

    Hurricane Irene began lashing the East Coast with rain Friday ahead of a weekend of violent weather that was almost certain to heap punishment on a vast stretch of shoreline from the Carolinas to Massachusetts.

  • Vehicles sit in a traffic jam on the northbound Garden State Parkway Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, near Ocean View, N.J. Ahead of Hurricane Irene, mandatory evacuations were under way Friday affecting nearly one million residents and visitors in Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and Long Beach Island NJ. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    2 million ordered to leave as Irene takes aim

    Whipping up trouble before ever reaching land, Hurricane Irene zeroed in Friday for a catastrophic run up the Eastern Seaboard. More than 2 million people were told to move to safer places, and New York City ordered the nation's biggest subway system shut down for the first time because of a natural disaster.

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