Bracing For Irene
From the Carolinas to New Jersey, communities are preparing for Hurricane Irene.
The massive storm is gaining strength, as it moves toward the coast.
The first effects will likely be felt along North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Mandatory evacuations are already in effect in Hyde County.
Wednesday morning, engineers inspected the only bridge off of Hatteras Island.
Already in bad shape, they wanted to make sure Tuesday's earthquake didn't do more damage.
As the massive storm continues to push toward the coast, forecasters say the Outer Banks could be just the first target.
"A lot of our focus is in the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic, all the way up to New England, based on this track," warns FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.
Forecasters say Irene could reach Category 4 or even 5 status before landfall.