2 million ordered to leave as Irene takes aim



MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Irene off the coast of North Carolina is still packing 100 mph winds and turning toward the north-northeast.

Tropical storm conditions are spreading all over southeastern North Carolina Friday night. The storm’s main thrust is supposed to hit the Carolina coast early Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center is saying its biggest concern is storm surge of 6 to 11 feet along the coast of North Carolina. That is possible at Ablemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

A sustained wind of 50 mph was measured at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., along the coast.