Hurricane Irene

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Freeman Meekins, 5, who missed his first day of kindergarten because of an evacuation of the Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Irene, spray paints plywood covering the windows of The Comfort Inn in Buxton, NC, on the Outer Banks on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, less than two days before the hurricane was expected to arrive.   Meekins mother, Erin meekins, runs the hotel.  Their family plans to ride out the storm.  Photo by Ted Richardson