East Coast bearing the brunt
One of two people rescued from a sailboat, right, uses a line to make their way onto the beach on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk Saturday morning, Aug. 27, 2011 after they and another person were rescued from the boat that foundered in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A rescuer, left, waits for s second person to exit the boat.
The roof of an ocean front house is destroyed by strong winds from Hurricane Irene at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Rodanthe, N.C., Saturday. Hurricane Irene howled ashore in North Carolina with heavy winds, rain and surf on Saturday on a path threatening the densely populated U.S. East Coast with flooding and power outages.
Jackie Sparnackel has to abandon her van and her belongings near the Frisco Pier after she drove up to see how the storm-battered structure was doing Saturday, in Frisco, N.C. Friends tried to tow her out but she was caught in an overwash. Hurricane force winds from Irene were battering the island where power has been knocked out.
Turnstiles are barricaded with caution tape shortly before the New York City Subway system suspended service for the first time ever, as preparations are made for Hurricane Irene, in New York, on Saturday.
A man struggles against the wind while trying to walk over the dunes as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday.
Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday.
Workmen install plywood over the windows of Bloomingdales, Saturday in New York. Hurricane Irene opened its assault on the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday, lashing the North Carolina coast with wind as strong as 115 mph and pounding shoreline homes with waves. Farther north in New York City and Philadelphia, authorities readied a massive shutdown of trains and airports, with 2 million people ordered out of the way.
Cars wait in line to get onto the ferry to New London in advance of Hurricane Irene at Orient Point, N.Y., Saturday. The ferry canceled scheduled service for late Saturday afternoon through Monday morning due to the storm.
Sandbags line drains along 8th Avenue in New York in preparation for Hurricane Irene, Saturday in New York.
Shoppers stock up on food and supplies at a D'Agastinos grocery store with rapidly emptying shelves, Saturday, in New York City.
Pedestrians on Broadway pass by boarded up a storefront in the hours before Hurricane Irene's arrival, Saturday, in New York. Mayor Bloomberg advised all New Yorkers to prepare as the region girded for wind, rain, and flooding as the storm stood poised to bear down on an already saturated New York state.
Erik Anderson transports a powerboat after hauling it in out of the water in preparation for Hurricane Irene, Saturday, at Port Harbor Marine in South Portland, Maine.
Mary Rose O'Donnell of Lewis walks around with her dog, Corky, looking around at over 75 other pets checked into the Red Cross center at Indian River High School in Dagsboro, Del.
A sand sculpture depicting Noah's Ark is seen in front of waves crashing onto a beach in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, as Hurricane Irene headed toward the Maryland coast.
A vehicle avoids a downed utility pole as Hurricane Irene hits Greenville, N.C. on Saturday. Thousands of residents of eastern North Carolina were without power as Hurricane Irene moved through the area.
As the cleanup begins in some states, others are still bracing for the storm's impact.