After days of speculation concerning the path of Hurricane Irene, much of the Mid Atlantic snapped into action on August 25th as predictions made it clear that there was a significant risk of danger.
Several Mid Atlantic states declared a state of emergency, including parts of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and New York.
The City of Virginia Beach began urging visitors and residents to voluntarily evacuate Sandbridge from noon Friday, Aug. 26, to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, and stay away until the storm has passed.
Other evacuations were underway in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Ocean City Md, Cape May and other northern beaches.
On the same day, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port set Hurricane condition X-ray for the Port of Hampton Roads in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
For information on Hurricane Irene's progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center's web page at the following link - http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
For hurricane tips and information, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.ready.gov