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NASA astronauts capture ominous footage of Hurricane Irma from space

Photos from outer space capture the devastating reality of Hurricane Irma.


Danielle Ransom

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 8, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:00 pm CDT

As photos depicting the devastation already caused by Hurricane Irma circulate online, astronauts at the International Space Station captured jarring images the enormous storm swirling toward Florida. 


Randy Bresnik, a NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, tweeted a photo of the sprawling storm over the Caribbean from outer space as the station passed over Irma on Thursday.

An earlier video taken from space is equally as troubling.

Low-lying islands like Barbuda, St. Martins, and Anguilla have experienced severe storm damage that stripped many residents of their homes and took several lives.

The latest forecasts show the hurricane hitting Cuba next before making its way to Florida where experts predict it will make landfall as a category 4 storm, according to the World Meteorological Organization.  

The past of the storm is being tracked by Weather Underground and can be viewed online here.


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*First Published: Sep 8, 2017, 6:14 pm CDT