Hurricane Isabel off the US East Coast
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Hurricane Isabel creeps closer to the US east coast in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image taken by the Terra satellite on September 17, 2003 at 11:09 am, US Eastern time. Though downgraded to a powerful Category 2 hurricane, Isabel was packing sustained winds of 110 miles per hour. The storm is about 400 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in this image.