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The original high resolution photo. Original caption: "A shopper passes empty shelves while looking for bottled water at a Stop and Shop at Rockaway Beach in New York, August 26, 2011. As North Carolina braced on Friday for a direct hit from Hurricane Irene, cities along the East Coast were on alert and millions of beach goers cut short vacations to escape the powerful storm. With more than 50 million people potentially in Irene's path, residents stocked up on food and water and worked to secure homes, vehicles and boats. States, cities, ports, oil refineries and nuclear plants scrambled to activate emergency plans."
(Allison Joyce/Reuters)
The original high resolution photo. Original caption: "A shopper passes empty shelves while looking for bottled water at a Stop and Shop at Rockaway Beach in New York, August 26, 2011. As North Carolina braced on Friday for a direct hit from Hurricane Irene, cities along the East Coast were on alert and millions of beach goers cut short vacations to escape the powerful storm. With more than 50 million people potentially in Irene's path, residents stocked up on food and water and worked to secure homes, vehicles and boats. States, cities, ports, oil refineries and nuclear plants scrambled to activate emergency plans." (Allison Joyce/Reuters)