HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) -- Officials in North Carolina's coastal Dare County say tourists must leave as Hurricane Irene approaches.
The county issued the order Wednesday night, saying evacuations would begin Thursday at 8 a.m. Dare officials will meet again Thursday to determine if residents need to evacuate.
County spokeswoman Sharon Sullivan says as many as 150,000 tourists may be leaving the county that is home to some of the exposed Outer Banks.
Currituck County officials have asked visitors to think about leaving.
Forecasts have Irene moving over the Outer Banks with winds over 100 mph Saturday.
Evacuations began Wednesday from Ocracoke Island in Hyde County.
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