Gotta Watch: Hurricane Irene
A satellite NOAA image of Hurricane Irene on Saturday, August 27, 2011.
August 27th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene made landfall off the coast of North Carolina early Saturday morning. With a cloud field more than 800 miles wide and maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the storm is massive. Despite being downgraded to a category 1 hurricane, Irene is still a force to be reckoned with, bringing heavy flooding and damaging winds as it continues its path up the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Maine. Today, you've gotta watch the most dramatic video of Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene hits NC coast – Hurricane Irene makes landfall Saturday morning five miles northeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina moving northward along the eastern coast of the U.S. at a speed of 14 mph.

Hurricane-force winds nearly blow CNN reporter away – CNN's John Zarrella, reporting from North Carolina's Outer Banks, is almost swept away by the powerful wind gusts generated by Hurricane Irene.

Debris fly as Irene hits – A family vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, watched as Irene's winds tore away a portion of their hotel roof. iReporter Travis Campbell caught the destruction on video.

Hurricane Irene from above – NASA provides a view from space of Hurricane Irene. Irene is the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season.

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  1. Kate

    Our thoughts and prayers here in California are with all those impacted so severely by the storm. Having experienced earthquakes, I know how out of control acts of nature can make one feel.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tiago

    i hope viranka get hit by a bus with signs that say from ny to viranka

    August 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bruce

    Thanks for the update. My response is similar to what I already said in this song:

    Irene is Comin' to Town
    Dr BLT
    words/music by Bruce L Thiessen, aka Dr BLT © 2011

    [audio src="http://www.drblt.com/music/Irene3.mp3" /]

    August 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Name* Valerie A . Cole

    Lost love ones, homes and their company business. All communities must pull together and be strong and patient. We are a Nation that can rebuild from many disasters that may have occired including earthquakes as well as hurricanes. America take care of each other. Sincerely Valerie. A. Cole

    August 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sheila miranda

    August 2 obama's birthday at 5.30 p.m. i had a hurricane in Imuris sonora 40 miles so. of nogales. did damage to our house and car knocked over the electric meter and cement on car, fire dept cut wirers TO ELECTRIC AND PHONE CAUSE OVER CARS AND DOWN, TOOK OUR CHIMMNEY WAS SCARY. USED CANDLES FOR 8 DAYS HAD TO REBUILD ELECTRIC PLACE FOR METER CAUSE OWN SMALL RANCH HERE, STILL PUTTING OUT MONEY WE CAN TO THIS TIME PUT LINE OF ELECTRIC IN THE GROUND. KNOCKED PHONE OUT HAD TO GET NEW PHONE. MARCH HAD CYCLONE TOOK LEAVES OFF MY ORCHARD TREE SO DID NOT BLOOM GOT NEW LEAVES NOW BUT BLOOMS IN MARCH. MY HUSBAND SAYS HE WATCHED AND HURRICANES ARE MAKING IN MESA SONORA ABOUT 8 MILES FROM HERE THEN COME HERE CAUSE WE LIVE ON EDGE OF A MOUNTAIN AND CANYONS BELOW US. I AM FROM OHIO AND PANCHO HERMOSILLIO. LIVED IN PHX. LONG TIME BEFORE HERE. REBUILDING SINCERELY SHEILA

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