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)