NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Hurricane Irene's eye
directly over Crooked Island in the southern Bahamas on August 24, 2011 at 12:15
p.m. EDT.Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response
Seas are forecast to be 10-15 feet just offshore and there will be beach erosion (hopefully not much, what with sea turtle nests all over the place), higher than average tides, and rip currents. I thought you might be interested in a couple of web cams that will show you what a hurricane the size and intensity of Irene (Category 3 right now, and a huge footprint) can do, even a couple of hundred miles away.