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Florida residents make preparations as Hurricane Irene passes the Dominican Republic

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A woman watches from a beach in Santo Domingo on August 22, while the Dominican Republic waits for the imminent arrival of Hurricane Irene on its northern coast.

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Men walk along the beach at Los Gringos de Nagua after Hurricane Irene passed to the north of Nagua, Dominican Republic, on August 22.

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Jim Abel shops for hurricane supplies at Home Depot as he prepares for the possible arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 22 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Irene is the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season with winds at 80mph currently and may hit the East coast later this week with higher winds projected.

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Janice Gainer, left, and Peggy Dillard load their vehicle with hurricane supplies they purchased at Home Depot in West Palm Beach, Florida on August 22.

The AP reports:

The first Atlantic hurricane of the season had maximum sustained winds early Tuesday around 100 mph and it could land in Florida, Georgia or South Carolina. The last hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. was Ike, which pounded Texas in 2008. Read the full report.