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In Photos: Hurricane Irene

Looking Up

image of hurricane irene taken from international space station

(Image credit: NASA/JSC)

Cameras onboard the International Space Station captured this view from 230 miles above the Earth of Hurricane Irene as it churned over the Bahamas at 3:10 p.m. EDT on Aug. 24, 2011. (This is a still from a video.)

Sunrise Before the Storm

beautiful sunrise on the New Hampshire coast before Hurricane Irene arrives

(Image credit: Raymond Larose)

This shot was taken on the New Hampshire Seacoast in Rye. Though Hurricane Irene has yet to reach there, it painted a beautiful sky on the morning of Aug. 27, 2011. [Image Gallery: Sunrise and Sunsets]

Virginia Prepares

Virginia Guard Public affairs prepares for hurricane irene

(Image credit: Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

irginia National Guard Soldiers from the West Point-based 237th Engineer Company prepare for possible duty in response to Hurricane Irene in Onancock August 26 by staging vehicles, equipment and fuel. The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 personnel on state active duty for possible missions including high water transport and light debris removal.

Amelia Meets Irene

Hurricane Irene passes amelia island in florida

(Image credit: Shari Bickford)

Photo taken on Aug. 26, 2011, as Hurricane Irene passes Amelia Island, one of the southernmost Sea Islands, a chain of barrier islands along the U.S. east coast. [See more photos of barrier islands]

Vulnerable Island

Hurricane Irene passes amelia island in florida

(Image credit: Shari Bickford)

Amelia Island under the fury of Hurricane Irene on Aug. 26, 2011. Like other barrier islands, Amelia has been shaped by years and years of waves and tides. Though these narrow stretches of sand are vulnerable to pounding by storms, geologists say they are surprisingly resilient. [Read: How Barrier Islands Survive Storms]

Rough Surf on Amelia

Hurricane Irene passes amelia island in florida

(Image credit: Shari Bickford)

Hurricane Irene makes herself known, with dark storm clouds and rough surf on Amelia Island, Fla.

Amelia Island

Hurricane Irene passes amelia island in florida

(Image credit: Shari Bickford)

Hurricane Irene pass over Amelia Island, Fla., on Aug. 26, 2011.

Irene's Surf

beach in outer banks, n.c., as hurricane irene ploughs up coast.

(Image credit: TimothyJ)

A surfer and birds at sunrise at Kill Devil Hills, N.C. on Aug. 26, 2011, under the dark skies cast by Hurricane Irene.

Outer Banks & Irene

outer banks, n.c., as hurricane irene ploughs up coast

(Image credit: TimothyJ)

Sunrise at Kill Devil Hills, on the Outer Banks, N.C., on Aug. 26, 2011.

TV Crew Watches Irene

tv crew sets up to watch hurricane irene on the beach

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A TV crew sets up on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, on the Outer Banks, N.C., on Aug. 26, 2011.