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In Photos: Hurricane Dorian from Space in Astronaut and Satellite Views

As Hurricane Dorian pummels the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast, NASA satellites and space station astronauts are keeping an eye on the epic storm from space.

In the gallery below, you can see how Dorian strengthened from a tropical storm into a dangerous Category 5 hurricane (opens in new tab) during the last week of August. The hurricane has since been downgraded to a Category 2 storm (as of Sept. 3), and it's currently crawling northward near the east coast of Florida. It's not yet clear where the storm will make landfall (opens in new tab) next, but it appears to be heading for North and South Carolina.

Related: Watch Hurricane Dorian in Action in these Gifs from Space

See videos of Hurricane Dorian in action:

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Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.