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Customer Joe Outten selects a generator as area residents stock up on supplies at Home Depot in preparation for Hurricane Irene Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011 in Wilmington, N.C. Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas on Wednesday with the East Coast in its sights. (AP Photo/Star-News, Paul Stephen) NO SALES, NO MAGS, INTERNET OUT