A startling satellite image shows the incredible size and fury of Hurricane Irma

Irma looms over Puerto Rico.
Irma looms over Puerto Rico.
Image: NOAA
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As Texans begin a long and expensive road to recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, forecasters are already closely tracking another massive hurricane, Irma, which is quickly approaching the Caribbean.

Irma is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). With sustained winds of 180mph, Irma is currently more powerful than Hurricane Katrina was at its peak.

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites captured the following images, which show the overwhelming size of the storm as it heads toward Puerto Rico and the eastern Carribbean.

The “extremely dangerous” core of Irma is forecast to move over portions of the northern Leeward Islands tonight and early Wednesday, the NWS said. The storm could hit the US state of Florida by the weekend, where governor Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency.

You can track imagery of Irma here, where NASA compiles its global weather satellite images. Plus, follow the storm’s progress in real time as it hits land with these live web cams.

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