<p><strong>Beachfront houses in <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/united-states/north-carolina-guide/">North Carolina</a> stand amid rising waves during the full force of <a href="http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/hurricane-profile/">Hurricane</a> Irene, which made landfall Saturday morning as a Category 1 storm near<a href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=h&amp;c=34.61512668346219,%20-76.50690078"> Cape Lookout</a>. The tempest brought winds of 85 miles (137 kilometers) an hour and flooding. </strong></p><p>So far, thousands of power outages have been reported across the coastal regions of North Carolina and Virginia, and four deaths have been tied to the storm, CBS News reported. (See<a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/08/110826-hurricane-irene-power-outage-storm-tracker-generators-weather-nation/"> "Hurricane Irene to Cause One of Largest Power Outages?"</a>)</p><p>Hurricane Irene is expected to continue its destructive trek up the East Coast over the next two days, and experts say the large, slow-moving storm could still be at hurricane strength when it makes landfall again near<a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/new-york-new-york/"> New York City</a>.</p><p><em>With reporting by Willie Drye.<strong><a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/26/send-your-huricane-video-to-national-geographic-television/"></a></strong></em></p><p><strong><a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/26/send-your-huricane-video-to-national-geographic-television/">Share your Hurricane Irene video with the National Geographic Channel &gt;&gt;</a></strong><br class="kix-line-break"></p>

Irene Comes Ashore

Beachfront houses in North Carolina stand amid rising waves during the full force of Hurricane Irene, which made landfall Saturday morning as a Category 1 storm near Cape Lookout. The tempest brought winds of 85 miles (137 kilometers) an hour and flooding.

So far, thousands of power outages have been reported across the coastal regions of North Carolina and Virginia, and four deaths have been tied to the storm, CBS News reported. (See "Hurricane Irene to Cause One of Largest Power Outages?")

Hurricane Irene is expected to continue its destructive trek up the East Coast over the next two days, and experts say the large, slow-moving storm could still be at hurricane strength when it makes landfall again near New York City.

With reporting by Willie Drye.

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Photograph by Jim Lo Scalzo, European Pressphoto Agency

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