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Jeremy Pickett boards the windows of a shopping store in Cape Hatteras, N.C. in preparation for Hurricane Irene on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Evacuations began on Ocracoke Island off North Carolina as Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas on Wednesday with the East Coast in its sights.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Officials ponder Irene evacuations

HATTERAS, N.C. -- Hurricane Irene could hit anywhere from North Carolina to New York this weekend, leaving officials in the path of uncertainty to make a delicate decision. Should they tell tourists to leave during one of the last weeks of the multibillion-dollar summer season?. Most were in a


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