Hurricane Irene in pictures

A ferry from Ocracoke Island delivers passengers to Hatteras, N.C., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. A visitor evacuation is underway on Ocracoke Island as Hurricane Irene approaches the Carolinas and the east coast.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) <span class=meta>(AP Photo/ Gerry Broome)</span>
August 25, 2011 8:38:46 AM PDT