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Outer Banks counties to decide on evacuation

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Officials in two counties that include most of North Carolina's Outer Banks are deciding whether they'll give evacuation orders because of Hurricane Irene.

Dare County officials say they'll meet Wednesday evening, when the National Hurricane Center releases its latest predictions on the path of the storm. Based on those calculations, they'll determine whether to order people to start leaving the Outer Banks.

The order could be posted as early as 6 p.m.

Currituck County spokesman Randall Edwards says officials there probably won't make a decision until Thursday. Currituck County usually waits for Dare County's decision. Evacuation plans have Dare residents and visitors leaving before their counterparts to the north in Currituck.

Evacuations began Wednesday morning on Ocracoke Island in Hyde County.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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