Hurricane Irene: The approaching hurricane brings out 'storm surfers,' those who crave the bigger, more dangerous waves not usually found on the East Coast.
Hispaniola and the southern Bahamas are on alert, as hurricane Irene strengthened to a Category 1 storm Monday. Hurricane Irene is forecast to track 120 miles east of Cape Canaveral by late Friday.
A surprise El Niño effect is disabling oncoming storms from the east and could make 2009 the first quiet hurricane season in years.
The storm was steaming toward Newfoundland Sunday. It would not be the first hurricane to hit Canada.