A GOES satellite image showing Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 175 mph (281 km/h) with higher gusts. | US Navy photo/Released
Earth & Conservation

Hurricane Irma's ‘Potentially Catastrophic’ Menace Unfolds in Satellite Views

Imagery from space has captured the incredibly turbulent cloud system around the eye of the hurricane as it creeps toward the Caribbean and southeastern US.

Hurricane Irma GOES-16 GIF. | NOAA
This notated image from the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite shows cloud-top temperatures inside Hurricane Irma, and other features of the storm. (The scale is in degrees minus Celsius, so the temperatures get warmer toward the center of the storm.) The image was captured on Sept. 4 at 12:32 a.m. EDT (0432 GMT), while the storm was still a Category 3 hurricane. | NOAA/NASA
This image of Hurricane Irma was taken on Sept. 4 by the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite. | NOAA/NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team