PHOTO GALLERY: Hurricane Irene batters the East Coast

Saturday, August 27, 2011 | 5:06 p.m. CDT; updated 11:59 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 27, 2011
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.

Hurricane Irene's presence is felt throughout the East Coast on Saturday. The storm's eye passed over North Carolina early Saturday morning before weakening somewhat as it headed up the coast.


The Arr-Mac water rescue team from Wayne County maneuvers around a beached boat in the middle of Hwy. 304 Saturday in Mesic, N.C. New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet.
Cape May police officers sit in cruisers as they monitor the rising stormy Atlantic Saturday in Cape May, N.J., as Hurricane Irene approaches. Hurricane-force winds and drenching rains from Irene battered the North Carolina coast early Saturday as the storm began its potentially catastrophic run up the Eastern Seaboard.
This image made available by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project shows Hurricane Irene on the East Coast of the United States at 7:40 p.m. EDT on Saturday.
Two men paddle a boat down a street flooded by Hurricane Irene Saturday in Manteo, N.C.
A high water sign is seen partially submerged on a street in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the Maryland coast. Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms.
Lebedz Kyril, left, and Ilya Shaikouski sit in cots at Middle School 4 after evacuations occurred in Jersey City, N.J., on Saturday. The school is one of many shelters open to anyone looking to seek shelter from Hurricane Irene.
A tornado as a result of Hurricane Irene touched down in the Old Orchard Road and New Road area west of Lewes, Del. Saturday, damaging several homes and uprooting trees.
A road sign warns of inclement weather caused by Hurricane Irene as a pedestrian crosses Canal Street in front of the Manhattan bridge in Lower Manhattan on Saturday. 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.
A bird flies over Avalon Fishing Pier as it is battered by wind and waves on the Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Saturday as Hurricane Irene reaches the North Carolina coast.
Supermarkets in downtown Manhattan were overwhelmed by demand for water and shelves once loaded with gallon jugs were cleared out, Saturday in New York. Mayor Bloomberg advised all New Yorkers to gather supplies as the region girded for wind, rain and flooding as Hurricane Irene stood poised to bear down on an already saturated New York state.
People take sandbags off of a truck as residents prepare for Hurricane Irene in Annapolis, Md.
President Barack Obama, second from right, receives an update on the status of Hurricane Irene at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington as the storm moves up the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday.
Blowing sand and rain are seen on the beach as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., on Saturday.
Wright Ice & Fuel Co. employees Sherrod Lewis, right, James Davis, center, and Fred Lewis wait for customers as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Elizabeth City, N.C. on Saturday.
Coney Island residents Arseni Flax, center, and his mother Nelly wait for their subway train to leave as they bring along their parakeets while evacuating the Coney Island section of New York on Saturday before the arrival of Hurricane Irene.

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Paxton Daniel August 27, 2011 | 5:49 p.m.

Jackie Sparnackel is a Category 4 moron for going out in the storm. Stupid is as stupid does.

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Mark Foecking August 27, 2011 | 6:16 p.m.

Um, I lived in Florida for 26 years, and have some hurricane experience.

You don't need to buy water. Just fill whatever jugs you have, or can scrounge, with water from your tap. Or fill up your bathtub if the drainplug holds water. Much cheaper. Most bottled water is simply charcoal filtered tap water.

For the chemophobes among us you can get filters that will render rainwater from your roof drinkable (they take out the E. coli/other bacteria from the bird and squirrel poop). Google "Berkey" or "Clear Choice RO" for more info and places to buy them.


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Sally Willis August 29, 2011 | 1:45 p.m.

I was wondering what kind of moron would go out in a hurricane? I couldn't figure out why the govenment kept pleeding with people to saty put...guess now we know!

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Ricky Gurley August 29, 2011 | 2:07 p.m.
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