IN PICTURES: The East Coast Braces For Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene

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The entire eastern coast of the U.S. is gearing up for Hurricane Irene’s arrival — boarding up windows and evacuating danger zones.As of 2 p.m. Friday, Irene was a Category 2 storm with winds around 100 miles per hour.

It is the first hurricane of its kind to hit the East Coast since 2008 and may strengthen to Category 3 by the time it hits the Carolinas this weekend. 

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