Hundreds of prisoners have been evacuated from the North Carolina coast ahead of Hurricane Irene's arrival.
NBC station WITN-TV of Washington, N.C., reports that more than 1,300 inmates were moved inland from Hyde Correctional Institution in Swan Quarter and Tyrrell Prison Work Farm in Columbia. The state Division of Prisons also accepted 140 inmates who were moved from county jails in Beaufort and Dare counties.
The Associated Press reports that the evacuation went ahead without incident. The prisoners will remain out of the area until the storm has passed and the facilities are determined to be safe for their return.