NASA's photo of the day for Sept. 2 shows what an active hurricane season looks like.

This satellite “Photo of the Day” from NASA satellite GOES-13 taken on Monday shows Hurricane Danielle skirting off to the north, while compact and ominous Hurricane Earl heads toward the U.S. (notice Earl’s eye is visible), and a tropical depression forms behind Earl (lower right).

But that was so Monday. Earl, as we now know, is even more muscular and threatening, imperiling barrier islands and beaches from the Carolinas to New England. For the lastest on Earl, we flip the channel to NOAA, where photos show how the storm’s winds are already battering North Carolina.

Earl closes in on the Eastern Seaboard (Photo: NOAA.)

Check your local weathercast for the latest on Earl — especially if you live in the path of this Category 3 hurricane. (Here’s a report at WABC-TV in New York City.)