Thousands lose power as Irene moves toward our region
Hurricane Irene's outer bands reach Kill Devil Hills, N.C., early Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. Hurricane Irene has weakened to a Category 1 storm as it nears the North Carolina coast but forecasters say it remains extremely dangerous. Hurricane warnings were issued from North Carolina to New York, and evacuation orders covered at least 2.3 million people, including 1 million in New Jersey, 315,000 in Maryland, 300,000 in North Carolina, 200,000 in Virginia and 100,000 in Delaware. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
August 27, 2011 10:14:26 AM PDT
By CHRIS KAHN AP Energy Writer
August 27, 2011 --
Nearly 200,000 homes in North Carolina are without power as Hurricane Irene makes its way up the East Coast.