What America Looks Like: Preparing for Hurricane Irene

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In Avon, North Carolina, a shopkeeper vents at the hurricane.

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They're boarding up houses in Holden Beach, North Carolina.

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Thank goodness for cordless power tools.

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Let's hope the hurricane listens.

Previously in this series: Venice Beach, California. Western Georgia. Cincinnati, Ohio.  Birmingham, Alabama. Clarksdale, Mississippi. New York, New York. The border between Arizona and Nevada. Detroit, Michigan. Key West, Florida. Portland, Oregon. Boston, Massachusetts. Austin, Texas. Nashville, Tennessee. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seattle, Washington. Portland, Maine.

Yokena, Mississippi. Smyrna, Georgia. Vicksburg, Mississippi. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hoboken, New Jersey. Los Angeles, California. Kittery, Maine. Hamden, Connecticut. Westwood, New Jersey. Weehawken, New Jersey. Reno, Nevada. Luna, New Mexico. Athens County, Ohio, living on a bus. On the Ohio River, addicted to pills. At Ohio University, Chinese exchange students. Inner City Oakland, California, on a bicycle. Variations on the swimming pool. Yellowstone National Park. Independence, Iowa. Different sides of the barber shop. West Liberty, Iowa. The American flag and its uses. The 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. The Balboa Peninsula. Boston, Massachusetts. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Synchronized swimming while old. In Manassas, Virginia, a Civil War reenactment. Ground Zero, a decade later. Airport security. Peaks Island, Maine. The streets of northeast Portland, Oregon. Aboard a Coast Guard cutter. The Crystal Cathedral. Joplin, Missouri. The Martin Luther King, Jr. monument in Washington D.C. Border Patrol mustangs.

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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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