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Published August 25, 2011, 09:09 AM

VIDEO: Evacuations Begin As Hurricane Irene Approaches

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — Thousands were fleeing an exposed strip of coastal villages and beaches off North Carolina on Thursday as Irene approached, threatening to become the first major hurricane to hit the East Coast in seven years.

By: Martha Waggoner, Mitch Weiss, Associated Press

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