Jeremy Pickett cut pieces of boards to protect the windows in a shopping store in Cape Hatteras in preparation for Hurricane Irene at Cape Hatteras. N.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 24,  2011. Evacuations began on Ocracoke Island off North Carolina as Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas on Wednesday with the East Coast in its sights.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Jeremy Pickett cut pieces of boards to protect the windows in a shopping store in Cape Hatteras in preparation for Hurricane Irene at Cape Hatteras. N.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Evacuations began on Ocracoke Island off North Carolina as Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas on Wednesday with the East Coast in its sights. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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