Isabel Hammers North Carolina, Knocking Out Power

The outer bands of a weakened but still potent Hurricane Isabel lashed the North Carolina coast with screaming wind and heavy rain Thursday, knocking out power for thousands of customers.

``Usually we stay here and wait it out,'' said Razze, who left work early Wednesday to move anything he could carry to the second floor. ``This time, we're going to get the heck out of here.''

At historic Jamestown, Va., archaeologists blanketed a dig of the first permanent English settlement in America with a tarp and anchored it with sandbags. More than 500,000 artifacts from Jamestown Island are stored in a storm-proof vault.

In Kill Devil Hills, N.C., museum curators prepared to move artifacts and photographs collected for the centennial celebration of the Wright brothers' first flight.