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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WRAL) - As a major storm churns off the East Cast, it's creating some stunning visuals at beaches in North Carolina.

As Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane again Saturday morning, the storm is already making some big waves off the coast of North Carolina.

A WRAL-TV photojournalist captured this video at Wrightsville Beach early Saturday morning.

North Carolina's Department of Public Safety says 40 counties are now under a state of emergency as people brace for the storm.

The affected counties include those along I-95 and all counties east of I-95 to the coast.

Forecasters expect Sandy to merge with a cold front and morph into a "superstorm" before hitting the Eastern Seaboard.

As of Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said Sandy was about 335 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.

It was a Category One hurricane with winds of 75 miles per hour.