Waves move onto the beach as the Hurricane Irene approaches in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (Gerry Broome/AP)

Wind gusts of up to 115 mph were reported, according to the Associated Press. Flooding and mass power outages have been reported.

Tourists were told to evacuate the Outer Banks on Friday, as the Post reported. “By Friday afternoon, Nags Head was a ghost town. Almost all of the motels and swimwear shops on the main thoroughfares were closed,” Shyamantha Asokan reported. “Several were boarded up. The weather was cloudy and humid.” Some locals decided to stay behind.

The weakening, but still big storm is now heading north.

Watch video and view more photos from the scene below.

Wavy-TV 10 reporter Jason Marks somehow stayed standing while reporting from Nags Head, N.C.

Streets in Atlantic Beach, N.C. were left flooded by the storm.

The Weather Channel’s Jeff Morrow stands before the ripping waves in Atlantic Beach, as Irene passes through.


Summer resident Jody Bowers braces himself from a blast of sand and driving rain as he makes his way to the beach in Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 as Hurricane Irene reaches the North Carolina coast. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

People run from a beach in Kitty Hawk, N.C. on Saturday. (AP)

Defying mandatory evacuation orders and a curfew, Pam Cooke and Jody Bowers share a laugh in the Outer Banks, N.C. (AP)

Hurricane Irene beginning to make her presence known in North Carolina's Outer Banks. (AP)