Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 08/22/2011

Hurricane Irene bears down on Puerto Rico (photos)

A fisherman casts his line into the sea at Havana's bay in Cuba after Hurricane Irene left behind a mess of downed trees and flooded streets. (Javier Galeano/AP)

The first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, Irene, is bearing down on the East Coast of the United States. Already, it’s torn a path through Cuba and Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of downed trees and flooded streets. The governor of Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency. No major injuries have been reported.

The hurricane is expected to miss Haiti, but it will likely hit the United States on Friday or Saturday, touching down near South Carolina. See images of Hurricane Irene’s devastation in Puerto Rico:

Civil defense workers prepare to remove debris from a road after Hurricane Irene hit the area in Naguabo, Puerto Rico. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

A flooded street in Naguabo. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

A pier is quiet after hurricane Irene hit in Naguabo. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

Civil defense workers help a Naguabo resident after the hurricane. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

Irene reaches hurricane strength as it moves across Puerto Rico toward Hispaniola. (GOES satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) (Getty Images)

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