While it's not always common to see the eye of a hurricane swirling its way towards New York and New Jersey, the East Coast, especially North Carolina, has had its share of Mother Nature's fiercest storms.
But the question remains, will Irene become a historic hurricane like it's destructive predecessors -- Hurricanes Fran, Floyd, Donna and Gloria? Let's hope not!
Jay Barnes, a hurricane historian and author of "North Carolina's Hurricane History," spoke with "Early Show" co-anchors Erica Hill and Chris Wragge about the impact of hurricanes on the East Coast.
Pictured are high waves and strong winds from Hurricane Fran crashing past the 2nd Avenue Pier on Sept. 5, 1996 in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Special Section: Hurricane Irene
Monster hurricanes that have hammered the East Coast