Hurricane Irene in pictures

An image provided by NOAA  is an infrared colorized view of Hurricane Irene as it advances towards the East Coast was made by the GOES satellite Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011.  Irene could hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon with winds around 115 mph (185 kph). It's predicted to chug up the East Coast, dumping rain from Virginia to New York City.  (AP Photo/NOAA) <span class=meta>(AP Photo/ Anonymous)</span>
August 28, 2011 7:49:19 AM PDT