EASTERN CAROLINA -

Today marks three years since Category 3 Hurricane Irene made landfall in Eastern Carolina.

The storm was one of the most powerful to sweep through the region in years, and eastern Carolina hasn't seen a storm come close to her power since.

It made landfall near Cape Lookout in Carteret County. Sustained winds reached well over 100 miles per hour when it reached shore.

Inland areas such as New Bern and Greenville both saw hurricane-force winds. Jacksonville felt winds nearing triple digits.

Ocracoke, parts of Dare County, and parts of Hyde County were placed under a mandatory evacuation. Rain totals neared 15 inches in some areas.