Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene

Updated: August 27, 2011 00:40 IST

As the Category 1 hurricane bears down on the eastern coast of the United States, take a look at some of the damage it has left in its ever-enlargening wake.

Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
Satellite images of Hurricane Irene, the Category 3 storm that's raging along the eastern coast of the United States, show just how massive it is.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
Another view, this time outlining the eye of the storm.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
A wider shot of the same view, showing Hurricane Irene's massive width.

New York has already declared a state of emergency due to the hurricane while the government expects losses of billions of dollars.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
Thermal imaging shows that Hurricane Irene is denser than previously thought, with winds raging at over 115 miles per hour.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
Glennansley tweets: Hurricane Irene band moving in over Wake Forest. Awesome looking. Pic doesn't do justice.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
"... and now it's gone," he further adds.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
Boaters brave the waves and wind caused by Hurricane Irene at the Morris Island light house, South Carolina.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
Sophie Waterfield, from left, Skylr Peele, Chloe Waterfield and Tim Waterfield look out at the ocean waves near the Frisco, N.C., pier as the first storm bands from Hurricane Irene arrive.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
Seanashwx posted this pic on Twitter: "The ocean coming over Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach from Irene's surge via FB friend"
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
This shot, uploaded by Twitter user @hollyshell, shows the state of affairs at Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
Not everybody seems to be taking Hurricane Irene too seriously; here we have an avid para-sailor take full advantage of the restless waters.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Rains and waves from Hurricane Irene batter the shore in downtown Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
A couple walks in the downpour along the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
The downpour courtesy Hurricane Irene slows down the traffic considerably in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
New Yorkers make sandbags in preparation of the Category 3 hurricane.
Nature\'s fury: Hurricane Irene
A lifeguard at a New York beach waits for the storm.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Waves move onto the beach as the Hurricane Irene approaches in Nags Head, North Carolina.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Leslie Gudel posted this picture on Twitter saying, "View of Hurricane Irene moving in, this from Rocky Mount, NC, well east of Outer Banks."
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Anjanette Flowers tweeted this picture saying, "Part of Oceana Pier is gone. Huge waves!"
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Sarah Hutchins posted this picture on Twitter. She said, We are at Jennette's Pier. Hard to capture the extent of the waves and wind."
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
This picture was posted by Martha Kate on Twitter.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Chip Finch posted tweeted this picture saying, "Saturday morning high tide in Norfolk. Irene is beginning to make her presence known."
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
A stranded sailboat founders in the surf along the Willoughby Spit area of Norfolk, Va. as Hurricane Irene hits Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday (Aug 27).

The live-aboard couple attempted to outrun the storm and got caught up in the high surf and wind. They were rescued by local fire and rescue personnel.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Members of Cape May Fire Department look look out at a stormy Atlantic early Saturday (Aug 27) in Cape May, New Jersey, as Hurricane Irene approaches.

Hurricane-force winds and drenching rains from Irene battered the North Carolina coast early Saturday as the storm began its potentially catastrophic run up the Eastern Seaboard.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Wind and water whip across the beach as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, North Carolina, Saturday (Aug 27).
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
George Pavan calls his roommates, who left for higher ground, to inform them about the conditions in their neighborhood Saturday (Aug 27) in Morehead City, North Carolina.

Hurricane Irene, a Category 1 storm, is making landfall on the North Carolina coast.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Two men use a boat to explore a street flooded by Hurricane Irene in Monteo, N.C.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
People wade through a street flooded by Hurricane Irene in Manteo, North Carolina.

Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Two men paddle a boat bown a streete flooded by Hurricane Irene approaches in Manteo, North Carolina.

Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Utility crews work to remove downed trees, mend broken utility poles and lines on Holly Street after winds from Hurricanes Irene moved through Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Bethanne Caccivio, center, of Solomons, Maryland, hugs Tina Garrison, also of Solomons, while Garrison's boat takes on water as Hurricane Irene approaches.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
A vehicle avoids a downed utility pole on Woodlawn St. as Hurricane Irene hits Greenville, North Carolina.

Thousands of residents of eastern N.C. are without power as Hurricane Irene moves through the area.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
A travel trailer tipped over into a flooded area on Hwy 55 in New Bern, North Carolina.

Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms.

New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Floodwaters surround this pickup truck on Hwy 55 in New Bern, North Carolina.

Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms.

New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
The Holland Tunnel is seen nearly deserted as rain from the outer bands of Hurricane Irene soak up the area, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
The looming threat of Hurricane Irene did not dissuade tourists from visiting Manhattan's Times Square in New York.

Mayor Bloomberg advised all New Yorkers to prepare as the region girded for wind, rain, and flooding as the storm stood poised to bear down on an already saturated New York state.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
This image, made available by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project, shows Hurricane Irene on the East Coast of the United States.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
The New York City skyline is seen under clouds as Hurricane Irene approaches, Saturday (Aug 28).

Irene has the potential to cause billions of dollars in damage along a densely populated arc that includes Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and beyond. At least 65 million people could be affected.
Dramatic pics: Hurricane Irene
Waves crash onto a beach in Ocean City, Maryland, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the Maryland coast.

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