Hurricane Irene brough high winds and strong surfs to the Lowcountry Friday. High tide was expected around 7 p.m., and an hour or so before that, many low-lying areas were already reaching flood stages. More rain was expected Friday evening.
Friday afternoon, the eye of the hurricane was 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina. The storm is expected to brush coastal North Carolina and Virginia on Saturday. A much-weakened Irene will hit New York City on Sunday, prompting the first evacuation there in recent history.
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