How big and dangerous is Hurricane Irene? Is this whole thing overblown? With NYC closing some of its subways and evacuation ordered for thousands, you get the feeling it is big. In fact, this video gives a view from space to reveal just how big and menacing the hurricane is. The astronauts on the International Space Station say the hurricane looks “scary” even from space. So, if you live in the danger zones, it may be a good idea to evacuate.