Hurricane Irene is still a dangerous Category 1 as storm nears North Carolina.
Hurricane warnings were issued from North Carolina to New York.
A lone beachgoer is seen in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 after evacuations in preparation for Hurricane Irene have left the area mostly deserted. The full force of Hurricane Irene was still a day away from the East Coast but heightened waves began hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)