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.