Photos, video, waves, erosion: It's the Hurricane Irene Lowcountry roundup
Irene's chop off the South Carolina coast.

This morning the much-anticipated landfall of Hurricane Irene is due to come near North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The storm is not the strongest ever seen (max sustained winds of 90 MPH) but its trajectory up the Northeast coast is causing concern for wind damage and flooding. 

But I won't talk too much about what's happening up there (if you're curious, head to The New York Times), instead I'll talk about what Irene was in the Lowcountry.

341 An offshore storm always brings out the crowds to watch the waves (WSAV has a nice video of the waves and surfers at Tybee) and big waves were also all over the place on Hunting Island (The Island Packet has a nice photo gallery and WSAV has a nice video.)

But it wasn't all fun and games as concerns arose of canceled vacation plans in the threat and wake of the storm leaving a negative economic impact — but South Carolina does stand to gain in the form of folks in North Carolina in elsewhere rebooking in South Carolina.

Still the bigger story remains with North Carolina, and Gov. Nikki Haley is sending three S.C. National Guard helicopter teams to assist in search and rescue efforts.

How was your hurricane experience? Snap any nice shots? 

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