Hurricane Irene

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Ron Brietharp, 48, of Buxton, NC, walks into a nearly 80-mile-per-hour headwind to rescue his fiance's truck that got stuck in the sand and salt water covering N.C. 12 just north of Hatteras Village during Hurricane Irene on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.  The spot where the ocean broke through the dunes is near where Hurricane Isabel cut a new inlet in 2003.  Brietharp's fiance was earlier helped away from the truck and the dangerous situation by police.  Photo by Ted Richardson