Published: Aug 26, 2011 4:41 PM EDT

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama says people in Hurricane Irene's path should be prepared for the worst and take precautions now.
    
Says the president; "Don't wait, don't delay." He says all indications point to Irene being a historic hurricane and he can't stress enough the need to prepare.
    
The president also urges residents to evacuate if told to do so.
    
The president spoke Friday morning from the vacation home he is renting on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. As he spoke, rains from Irene's outer bands began hitting the Carolinas, along with 6- to 9-foot waves.
    
On Martha's Vineyard, though, skies were sunny.
    
Obama was already planning to leave Martha's Vineyard Saturday and that's not expected to change.

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