Hurricane Irene, the first of the 2011 season, is on a destructive path along the East Coast.

Irene took three lives in North Carolina and one in Virginia. Additionally, the Category 1 hurricane has effectively closed down New York, the nation's largest city. Irene is packing winds of about 90 miles per hour and is churning over North Carolina and Virginia.

More than 2.5 million Americans along the East Coast I-95 corridor are under evacuation orders, including 300,000 in New York. The storm has led to the closure of all metropolitan airports.

NASA managed to catch Irene as it approaches the U.S. Take a look at the video below and read up on what NASA has to say about Irene.