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Hurricane Irma in Photos: Space Views of a Monster Storm

Power in Infrared

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Hurricane Irma develops into an intense storm in this image by the NPP Suomi satellite on Sept. 4, 2017.

Growing in Strength

NASA/NOAA GOES Project

By 7:45 a.m. EDT on Sept. 5, Hurricane Irma was over the Central Atlantic Ocean and had grown into a Category 5 Hurricane.

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NASA/NOAA/UWM-CIMSS, William Straka III

When NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite took this image of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday morning, the eye of the category 5 storm was directly over the Caribbean island of Barbuda.

Preparing for Possibiities

NWS

As of September 5, 2017, the National Weather Service has issued coastal watches for Hurricane Irma.

Upping the Ante

NOAA/NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

By Sept. 4, 2017, around 1:30 a.m. EDT, Hurricane Irma had developed into a Category 4 storm and is approaching the Leeward Islands.

Hurricane Irma

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The Suomi NPP satellite captured this still image of Hurricane Irma on the morning of September 4, 2017.

Category 3 Storm

William Straka III/NASA/NOAA/UWM-CIMSS

On September 4, 2017, around midnight, Hurricane Irma was a Category 3 storm as seen by the VIIRS instrument on Suomi.

Savage Storm

William Straka III/NASA/NOAA/UWM-CIMSS

Overnight on Sept. 1, 2017, the Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument caught this image of Hurricane Irma showing a tight circulation in the eye of the storm.

Birth of a Monster

NASA/NOAA, Goddard Rapid Response Team

In the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 30, 2017, NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite imaged a young Tropical Storm Irma.

Storm of Storms

William Straka III/NASA/NOAA/UWM-CIMSS

An image of Hurricane Irma in infrared displays the powerful storms around the eye of the storm.

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