Evacuations begin in preparation for hurricane Irene

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)- We are still tracking hurricane Irene. The season's first hurricane gained some steam Tuesday night.

Irene is once again a Category 2 hurricane and is still making her way through the islands.

Some areas here in the United States are starting to evacuate. Some of those evacuations are happening right now for tourists on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina.

Irene is making her way through the Bahamas right now and North Carolina is next.

Around 5 a.m., mandatory evacuations went into effect for tourists on Ocracoke Island where you can only get off the island by ferry.

People living on the island have been told to get out by Thursday.

Irene is currently a Category 2 hurricane but is expected to gain more power as it moves toward the U.S.

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