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Hurricane forecasters now have two storms to watch: Hurricane Katia could be on its way to becoming a category 3 storm, while a storm system in the Gulf could organize into tropical storm Lee within 48 hours.
Hurricane Irene was captured on video and in photos from the International Space Station by US astronaut Ron Garan.
Hurricane Irene hit the Dominican Republic as a Category 2 storm Tuesday, but early reports indicate that most areas have been spared massive damage.
Hurricane Irene has strengthened and could become a Category 3 as it slams into Bahamas, Tuesday.
Hurricane Irene is the first hurricane of 2011 season. Irene is heading for Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and maybe Florida, say forecasters.