Hurricane Irene barreled into the Bahamas Wednesday, bringing heavy rains and sustained winds of about 115 miles per hour.
As the Associated Press is reporting, there were no immediate reports of deaths or major injuries, and while details remained scarce, property damage on the Acklins and Crooked islands appeared to be extensive. Meanwhile, cruise lines in the popular resort region were forced to change itineraries.
East Coast residents are buckling down with the storm, potentially the area's largest since 1985, expected to hit North Carolina this weekend.
The following series of amateur videos show the storm's fierce wrath, with waves tossing docked sailboats and wind gusts hammering into palm trees and vegetation in the Bahamas: