Hurricane Irene swept through the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States last week, causing damage and major flooding in many states. While Irene made its way up the coast, photos uploaded to Instagram provided live coverage. You can discover more images of the rain, flooding, empty streets, and various survival kits via #irene and #hurricaneirene tags, as well as on, a website created by developers Chris Ackermann and Peter Ng that uses the Instagram API to display photos related to the hurricane.

We also saw journalists and news organizations utilize Instagram in order to record activity surrounding this story. To complement its live coverage, the Wall Street Journal displayed a feed of Instagram photos on its live blog, and New York Times journalist Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) shared his photos of the hurricane as it passed through Nags Head, N.C.

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