RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The level three hurricane is currently moving over the Bahamas, after losing some of its power.
Irene is heading for the U.S. next. Now people along the east coast are preparing for the worst.
Old Dominion University is starting its hurricane plan Thursday.
This as the first hurricane watch is just announced for the outer banks of North Carolina.
Also, there's a tropical storm watch for South Carolina's coast.
School leaders are taking no chances with this storm. The residence halls are set to close Thursday night. The entire campus closes Friday. Move-in day was rescheduled for Monday.
The administration pushed back the first day of classes to Tuesday. Now that start date could be delayed.
It will depend on how much damage, if any, the campus has once Irene moves out. This is a great example of how important it is to have a plan in place.
Evacuations are kicking into high gear Thursday in North Carolina. After seeing video from the Bahamas, there's no need to take any chances.
People living on Ocracoke Island are being asked to leave. Tourists started leaving yesterday. The only way off the island is by ferry.
Dare County, North Carolina is next on the evacuations list. That's home to Nags Head, Duck and Kitty Hawk.
A mandatory evacuation for tourists begins at 8:00 a.m.
People living there can stay for now, but are being told to get ready for Irene.
As of now, the storm is expected to get stronger.