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Hurricane Irene in Pictures: Social Media Style

Yes, it is a fake. There was no shark.

All day Friday the Internet was full of chatter about Hurricane Irene. There were tweets, videos, pictures and check-ins. Hurricane Irene will be remembered as the first large scale event that government officials urged citizens to use Social Media channels to help relieve cell phone congestion.

 

Hurricane Irene: FEMA Urges People to Tweet, Facebook

“Cell phone networks can crash during an emergency, while social media is considered a more reliable form of communication.

When a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, New York residents were reading about it on Twitter before they felt the tremors themselves. Social media has become a force when it comes to dealing with forces of nature.

Now, as the East Coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging people to again turn to Twitter and other social media sites over their cell phones.”

The coverage of Hurricane Irene’s route and landfall was covered from every angle.

hurricane irene pictures

We can always depend on ICHC for a laugh

I gathered some of the most compelling Hurricane Irene photos, Tweets and status updates to show the story as it all unfolded on Friday.

Stay safe everyone!


  • Bahamas 1 of 43
    Bahamas
  • Bahamas Hurricane Irene Damage 2 of 43
    Bahamas Hurricane Irene Damage
  • Yes, there is a @Hurricane_Irene Twitter 3 of 43
    Yes, there is a @Hurricane_Irene Twitter
  • This video is on AccuWeather.com’s Facebook Page. 4 of 43
    This video is on AccuWeather.com's Facebook Page.
    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2370716354292&oid=71781612888&comments
  • Hurricane Irene even has her own QR code! 5 of 43
    Hurricane Irene even has her own QR code!
  • Wave activity 6 of 43
    Wave activity
  • @IrenetheStorm 7 of 43
    @IrenetheStorm
  • @Hurricane_Irene was way funnier that the other fake accounts. 8 of 43
    @Hurricane_Irene was way funnier that the other fake accounts.
  • @JimCantore proved you never want to be in the same city with him. 9 of 43
    @JimCantore proved you never want to be in the same city with him.
  • Another @Irene! 10 of 43
    Another @Irene!
  • Yes, that is a surfer. 11 of 43
    Yes, that is a surfer.
  • @UnsatisfiedMind shared this image from a Stamford, CT Target. NO FOOD! 12 of 43
    @UnsatisfiedMind shared this image from a Stamford, CT Target. NO FOOD!
  • @NBCNewsCrew shared this gorgeous shot of sunset. 13 of 43
    @NBCNewsCrew shared this gorgeous shot of sunset.
  • @Clarkcj1 captured this picture from the North Carolina shore. 14 of 43
    @Clarkcj1 captured this picture from the North Carolina shore.
  • @NBCNewsCrew from Puerto Rico on 8/25/2011 15 of 43
    @NBCNewsCrew from Puerto Rico on 8/25/2011
  • The New York Times wants your photos! I love that. 16 of 43
    The New York Times wants your photos! I love that.
  • Carolina Flooding. Thanks @JasonPromotesU 17 of 43
    Carolina Flooding. Thanks @JasonPromotesU
  • @Bloginity found bare water bottle shelves in New York City. 18 of 43
    @Bloginity found bare water bottle shelves in New York City.
  • @FrankThorpeNBC found bare shelves in Alexandria 19 of 43
    @FrankThorpeNBC found bare shelves in Alexandria
  • @NBCNews did a great job on Instagram with this shot of @JimCantore 20 of 43
    @NBCNews did a great job on Instagram with this shot of @JimCantore
  • HuffPo is subtle as always 21 of 43
    HuffPo is subtle as always
  • This picture has a man’s insurance policy number painted on for his wife. 22 of 43
    This picture has a man's insurance policy number painted on for his wife.
  • Go away Irene. Well said. 23 of 43
    Go away Irene. Well said.
  • New York City Evacuation Routes 24 of 43
    New York City Evacuation Routes
  • Google Map showing Cone of Uncertainty 25 of 43
    Google Map showing Cone of Uncertainty
  • Google Map showing cloud imagry and forecast as of Friday night 26 of 43
    Google Map showing cloud imagry and forecast as of Friday night
  • ConEd power outages before Hurricane Irene even reached the shore! 27 of 43
    ConEd power outages before Hurricane Irene even reached the shore!
  • Google Map showing Red Cross Shelters 28 of 43
    Google Map showing Red Cross Shelters
  • A rainbow over the Isle of Palms, SC from Accuweather.com’s Facebook page 29 of 43
    A rainbow over the Isle of Palms, SC from Accuweather.com's Facebook page
  • The news channels went a little overboard. 30 of 43
    The news channels went a little overboard.
  • The Morris Island Lighthouse 31 of 43
    The Morris Island Lighthouse
  • @Skidder documented the pre-Hirricane Irene shopping frenzy. 32 of 43
    @Skidder documented the pre-Hirricane Irene shopping frenzy.
  • @HolmesWSJ shows Radios, D batteries, and flashlights are all sold out. 33 of 43
    @HolmesWSJ shows Radios, D batteries, and flashlights are all sold out.
  • Oriental, NC flooded. (I love that town) 34 of 43
    Oriental, NC flooded. (I love that town)
  • @MikeJEdwards shows that sand bag filling was a hot mess in Jersey City. 35 of 43
    @MikeJEdwards shows that sand bag filling was a hot mess in Jersey City.
  • @MarkJEdwards – Good luck, Man. 36 of 43
    @MarkJEdwards - Good luck, Man.
  • Twitter’s new photo sharing ability came in handy to see the top pictures shared for #Irene 37 of 43
    Twitter's new photo sharing ability came in handy to see the top pictures shared for #Irene
  • @ShiBanijoshi shared the eery quiet of Manhattan’s 9th Ave 38 of 43
    @ShiBanijoshi shared the eery quiet of Manhattan's 9th Ave
  • How can we not make fun of the Jersey Shore? 39 of 43
    How can we not make fun of the Jersey Shore?
  • On Instagram @trailor_fabulous shared her friend’s picture taken as she evacuated New York City. 40 of 43
    On Instagram @trailor_fabulous shared her friend's picture taken as she evacuated New York City.
  • From @BeSarahMarie 41 of 43
    From @BeSarahMarie
  • From @daniellex3 42 of 43
    From @daniellex3
  • The calm before the storm from @alyn 43 of 43
    The calm before the storm from @alyn

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