The steeple of the Bogue Banks Baptist Church leans over with the wind as the backside of Hurricane Irene comes ashore near Atlantic Beach

 
The steeple of the Bogue Banks Baptist Church leans over with the wind as the backside of Hurricane Irene comes ashore near Atlantic Beach
The steeple of the Bogue Banks Baptist Church leans over with the wind as the backside of Hurricane Irene comes ashore near Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, August 27, 2011. Hurricane Irene howled ashore in North Carolina with heavy winds, rain and surf on Saturday on a path threatening the densely populated U.S. East Coast with flooding and power outages. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER SOCIETY RELIGION)