To the relief of everyone on the Eastern seaboard and the rest of the world, Hurricane Irene has now been downgraded to Tropical Storm Irene. Throughout the time the storm soaked the eastern seaboard with blustery
winds and a deluge of rain, NASA’s GOES-13 satellite has been sending magnificent pictures back to Earth. This latest shot was taken at 8:32 A.M.
EDT on Sunday morning, 28 minutes before Irene’s landfall near Coney
Island in New York City. Notice how the storm lacks the tight organization showed in the Hurricane Irene pictures NASA sent back to earth yesterday, with today’s Irene lacking that ominous eye that peered out from its center as it moved up the
coast as a Category 1 hurricane. By the time it had reached New York City, its
maximum sustained winds were a manageable 65 mph.