Towns along the western edge of Pamlico Sound are preparing for storm surge when Hurricane Irene hits.
" Not surprisingly, storm surge is worst when the wind is blowing water right at you. That makes the exact track of Irene so important. If the center of the storm tracks directly over Pamlico Sound, towns like New Bern and Swansboro could be in for significant surge."
Rick Luettich is the director of the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Science in Morehead City.