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. Hurricane Irene

    Perfect song for today here in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions:

    August 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • albie

      oh man that made me laugh – nice one

      August 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rim


    August 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dummyy

    this is the crazyiest hurrican that i think i have ever sow in my life

    August 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      dummy, it is saw, not sow

      August 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marie

    Amazing...Irene downgraded to a Cat 1.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Maude

    This is a disappointment of a storm. Come-on my toilet has more velocity than this sorry ass of a storm.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • tmac

      You're an idiot. Stop wasting people's time with your stupid comments. Thank you

      August 27, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK78

      I totally agree, expected more from this lazy ass hurricane!!

      August 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      You need all that velocity what with the dumps you take.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ComedyBoot

    You Americans are a riot! You're warned to get out of the way of a big storm, and you complain that the storm isn't big enough. You're warned about Katrin and ignore the warnings – and you complain that help didn't come fast enough! You're going broke and are no longer a super power, and you complain that it is the fault of everyone else. Get your thumbs out of your butts, grow up, and be all that you can be – rather than being the joke that you are!!!! Bunch of pansies!!!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hurricane Katrina

      @ComedyBoot – I'd hardly compare Hurricane Irene to Katrina. Hurricane Katrina was a category 3 storm when it hit New Orleans, LA. Also, if you remember, Hurricane Katrina caused the levee break, which of course, caused the massive flooding and devastation in New Orleans. Now Hurricane Irene is a category 1 storm, and it will probably get downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hits NYC. Not all of us are complaining – I survived Hurricane Andrew in 1992 (category 5) and Hurricane Wilma (category 3) in 2005. To me, Hurricane Irene is a cake-walk.

      August 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotCanadian

      You must be Canadian lol

      August 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      He did not say it was worse than or any thing like Katrina. Is was a comment on your American style. You don't believe anything until you up to your neck in snakes and then you blame someone else for your still being in the pit. Katrina's rain, not wind, is what did for the levies. And the levies were in bad shape so they went down. You do nothing to keep infrastructure up, don't want the feds to do anything, but when your indifference turns into a blow to the head you get all whiny. Irene is much bigger across and a "mere" tropical storm can bring down trees, cause floods, cause tornadoes and generally cause emergency, crisis level mayhem. When people are afraid and suffering it takes a real man to say he suffered more than they will. Typical. And yes, I am a Canadian and my son is in NJ where we used to live. We were regularly flooded and lost power for days because of mnor hurricanes and tropical storms and nor'esters. What is at issue here is not who suffered the most but who needs help right now. Bragging about how you have seen worse. Jezz, grow up and have some concern for your fellow Americans.

      August 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • shanghaiman8915

      As an American I must say you are correct but you are still an ass hole-who would love to live in America or do you live here now. biache

      August 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • RGbrainstorm

      And where are you from, with that heart full of hate?

      August 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyBoy87

      Boot, you fail to distinguish the people of America from our government. If you haven't heard by now most people aren't happy with how our government has been representing us as a whole. Our government is ran by millionaires who think that small government is better and that we should not take care of the east fortunate in our country because their campaign contributors, friends as well as themselves benefit. During Katrina there were many people that did not have the means to get out of New Orleans quickly. It would be smart of you to do a bit of homework before criticizing people that you don't know much about...

      August 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • albie

      my guess is, this is a brit talking, they really enjoy these types of jabs

      August 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mdma

    What a really great opportunity wasted to destroy Jersey Shore.
    You failed us Irene.

    August 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • hollander

      You are a jerk who probably only knows whatever you are shown on MTV. If you ever got out of the house, you might find that the Jersey Shore is one of the greatest family resorts. Long live Seaside!

      August 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    How exactly does one make landfall "off the coast"?

    August 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Art

    Fox News has the satellite video

    August 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Evan Blaisdell

    Yeah, the image adorning this article, "A satellite NOAA image of Hurricane Irene on Saturday, August 27, 2011" is an oft-used photo of Hurricane Elena from 1985. Google it.

    August 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracey

      You are right – sketchy CNN.

      August 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SlyBriFry

      Such shoddy journalism.

      August 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DocDrizay

      I can't believe it! Way to go CNN. I don't know what to trust anymore. Stopped watching teLIEvision news. disappoint!

      August 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hey guys, will you visit ~~~~~~ HelpFaye.ORG ~~~~~~~ , a friend of mine is in the fight for her life Thanks

    August 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. S.S.

    well, irene is headed towards us here in Connecticut tomrrow morning so we'll see what happens.
    we've done enough preparations to see something cool. (but not too dangerous)

    August 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chris

    That's a nice photo of Hurricane Elena (1985) you guys got there for Irene, from the shuttle Discovery. Nice!

    August 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahmed Ali

      I think so....

      August 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ahmed Ali

    How is this Hurricane gona stop.....
    I think it's time to do for struggle for saving lives..
    But... How could it be...!
    Let's see what happen to the next...

    August 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brad

    Wait a cotton picking minute. In the video I thought I saw the earth... turn?! It does that?!

    August 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
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