Provided by the SeaWiFS Project,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
The Sea-Viewing Wide-Field-of-View-Sensor (SeaWiFS) onboard the OrbView-2 satellite captured this oblique view of a very powerful Hurricane Frances on September 2, 2004 at 18:05 UTC (2:05 PM EDT). At the time this image was taken Frances was wreaking havoc on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 230 km/hr (145 mph). The latest forecast from the Tropical Predicition Center in Miami has Frances making landfall on Florida's southeast coast on Saturday morning.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.