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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene 2011: Evacuation order issued in North Carolina as hurricane Irene batters Bahamas with 150mph winds and heads for East Coast

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has warned residents to 'prepare for the worst' as a huge hurricane wreaking havoc in the Caribbean threatens to strike densely populated areas on the East Coast, including New York.

A mandatory evacuation order has already been issued for all non-residents in Dare County and Outer Banks beaches, affecting an estimated 150,000 holidaymakers.

But Mrs Perdue also warned residents to get out of the way of the massive hurricane, which was expected to increase in intensity as it approaches the U.S. mainland today.

Mrs Perdue said: 'Get your evacuation kit ready. Get your medicines ready. Take your insurance documents, and have a plan to get out if you need to. Treat this seriously, but then pray real hard that North Carolina will be fine.'

Hurricane Irene is expected to gain strength as it leaves the Bahamas and the National Hurricane Center warned it could become a Category 4 monster of 131mph winds today as it races across open waters. Read More