Hurricane Irene By NASA Terra Satellite

The first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, called Irene, was seen from space on August 22. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the image of Hurricane Irene at 11:20 a.m. local time (15:20 UTC) on August 22. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Irene had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), with higher gusts. The  storm  was  located  about  150  miles  (240 kilometers)  west-northwest   of   San  Juan, Puerto Rico. As of August 22, Irene had cut power to more than a million residents of Puerto Rico.  

Five-day projections released by the NHC on August 22 showed Irene heading for the continental United States, potentially making landfall  in Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas. Irene is the first hurricane for what has been forecast to be an active season. An average Atlantic hurricane season will see 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. August through October are the peak months of the Atlantic hurricane season.