Wrightsville Beach, N.C. — As the winds picked up and the waves rolled Friday in advance of Hurricane Irene, sightseers were drawn to North Carolina beaches to witness the power of Mother Nature.
Ityra Robinson, her husband and her two-year-old daughter drove to Wrightsville Beach Friday from Durham to see the waves.
"It's something, it's something. It's great, it's great," she said. For them, the drive was worth the view.
Before the rain got heavy and the wind strong, lots of families like the Robinsons took the opportunity to watch the action unfold. Many of them were seeing hurricane conditions for the very first time.
"They're pretty big," Wilmington resident Kyra Arndt observed. "It's cool."
A curfew was to take effect on Wrightsville Beach at 10 p.m. Friday. Until then the Robinson's planned to make the most of the day.
"We're going to stay as long as we can," Robinson said. "We didn't realize this many people were going to be here. It's great. It's wonderful."