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(CNN) -- On Friday, President Barack Obama said of Hurricane Irene that "all indications point to this being a historic hurricane."
Preparedness for Hurricane Irene
MIAMI (AP) — Officials and residents from Florida to the Carolinas stocked up on supplies, dusted off evacuation plans and readied for the worst as Irene, the first hurricane to threaten the U.S. in three years, churned over tropical waters after cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean. Federal officials warned the storm could flood streets and knock down power lines as far north as New England. Related: What is the Saffir-Simpson wind scale?
For thousands of tourists in the barrier islands off North Carolina, the threat of Hurricane Irene has just cut their vacations short.