Heading out: Above left, traffic moves across a bridge leaving Emerald Isle, N.C., on Friday before an 8 p.m. deadline for the span to close with the approach of Hurricane Irene. Above right, a woman carries a child while protecting their faces from wind and sand blown in from Irene on Tybee Island, Ga. Irene was expected to pass off shore of coastal Georgia, but officials banned swimming due to high winds and rough seas.
Behemoth arrives: This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and taken Friday morning shows Hurricane Irene as it moves northward along the U.S. eastern coastline with 110 mph sustained winds. The storm began lashing the East Coast with rain Friday ahead of a weekend of violent weather that was almost certain to heap punishment on a vast stretch of shoreline from the Carolinas to Massachusetts.
Grim scene: A soldier stands guard outside the Casino Royale on Friday after a deadly assault that killed at least 52 people in Monterrey, Mexico, on Thursday. Story and photo on Page A3.
In control: Libyan rebels rejoice as they change the flag in Abu Salim district in Tripoli. Rebels were preparing to attack Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold of Sirte, his birthplace, as NATO warplanes hit targets in and around the city. Story on Page A4.