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US bracing for Irene

Authorities handed out sandbags in the US port city of Baltimore on Saturday and residents braced for flooding as an ominous Hurricane Irene crept up the US eastern seaboard.
Famed for its inner harbor, the city 40 miles (65 kilometers) northeast of Washington lies in the path of the hurricane and could see a massive sea surge later on Saturday as the storm sweeps the mid-Atlantic.
In the harbor-side neighborhood of Fells Point around 50 people lined up to fill beige sacks with sand from a large truck.
Im going to put the sand bags around my house. I got 20 of them, said Lorenzo McCant, 27, who came with his mother so he could get twice the 10 bags per person limit.
Its a precaution. Im not afraid, but still, I live close to the water level. (AFP)