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Sand bags and Guinness in Virginia

Luke Russert / NBC News

Bar owners try and secure O'Connell's bar in Alexandria, Va. ahead of Hurricane Irene's arrival.

NBC News' Luke Russert sent this photo in of bar owners laying sand bags outside their restaurant in Alexandria, Va. Folks at O'Connell's have their own marketing ploy: "Outside It's Pouring. Inside We're Pouring Guinness."