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Unless you've been under a rock for the weekend, you've probably been made aware of a hurricane named "Irene" moving up the East Coast of the North America.  There were several Twitter feeds (including one in the name of  the storm itself) which was interesting reading for us, at a great distance, especially if you're interested in Social Media.

Not being on the East Coast, and not being directly affected by the storm, I found the most interesting resource to be NASA's Flickr photo stream.  NASA releases many photos - current and historical - through Flickr under a Creative Commons Attribution License,

Photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
Hurricane Irene as Seen from Space
An Expedition 28 crew member aboard the International Space Station captured this image of Hurricane Irene off the east coast of the United States on Friday, August 26, 2011, around 4:30 p.m. EDT (8:30 p.m. GMT).
Credit: NASA
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Photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
Full Disk Image of Earth Captured August 26, 2011
"NASA / NOAA GOES-13 satellite image showing earth on August 26, 2011 at 14:45 UTC (10:45 a.m. EDT). Hurricane Irene can been seen on the U.S. East Coast.
Irene Almost 1/3 the Size of East Coast. Irene has become a major hurricane, and NASA satellite data shows its diameter is now about 510 miles -- roughly 1/3 the length of the U.S. Atlantic coastline. Hurricane watches are in effect for much of the East Coast."
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There are several videos in NASA's Hurricane Irene Set.

Hurricane Irene August 26th [hd video]

"The GOES-13 satellite saw Hurricane Irene moving closer to the east coast August 24 12:40 UTC thru August 26 at 12:32 UTC.
Hurricane Irene is raging the U.S. East Coast and will affect the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through the Weekend.

At 5 a.m. EDT this morning Hurricane Irene was centered 420 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, NC. (29.3N and 77.2 W) Max. winds 110 mph., moving north at 14 mph. Pressure 942 millibars."
Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Besides images which are interesting and beautiful, there are images of a more scientific nature.  For example

Photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video

TRMM Satellite Shows What's Happening Under the Hood of Hurricane Irene's Clouds

"NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite radar saw the inner core of Hurricane Irene for a fourth time on Friday afternoon, August 25. On Friday afternoon, the TRMM radar showed that the southern half of the eyewall was gone. Some strong precipitation did still exist in the remaining eyewall to the north of the eye.
The weakening of the inner-core precipitation structure that we see as Irene approaches North Carolina is similar to the pre-landfall weakening of the inner-core of Hurricane Isabel in 2003, the most recent hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina's Outer Banks.
The lack of a compact symmetric eyewall suggests that there is relatively little chance of intensification at the time of the satellite overflight. TRMM showed that the highest towering thunderstorms were about 7.5 miles high (12 kilometers)."

Owen Kelley
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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Photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video

TRMM Satellite Views Irene's Strong Rains Over Cape Hatteras

August 28, 2011
"The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite had another very good daytime view of hurricane Irene on August, 27, 2011 1:50 p.m. EDT. The rainfall analysis was derived from TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) data. It shows that the center of circulation was still well defined and Irene was dropping intense rainfall over Cape Hatteras east of the hurricane's center.
TRMM rainfall images are false-colored with yellow, green and red areas, which indicate rainfall between 20 and 40 millimeters (.78 to 1.57 inches) per hour. Dark red areas are considered heavy rainfall, as much as 50 mm (2 inches) of rain per hour. The TRMM satellite is managed by both NASA and JAXA."
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Hal Pierce/Rob Gutro
SSAI/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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This photo was taken closer to the ground, and is not in the NASA photo stream.  It comes from Irene's Twitter feed.