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Jaw-Dropping Photos Reveal What Hurricane Laura Looks Like from Space

It's the biggest storm the region has seen in a century.

On earth, Hurricane Laura is one of the most dangerous and destructive forces of nature we've seen in some time. In fact, the Category 4 storm system is the biggest the region has seen in a century, and it poses a major threat to several southern and mid-south states as it heads northeast across the country delivering high-powered winds, torrential rain, and possible tornadoes. So far, thousands of Gulf Coast residents are already without power since the hurricane made landfall at 1am on Thursday.

From space, however, Hurricane Laura appears as something else entirely: a quietly imposing cloud formation that is nothing short of jaw-dropping to behold. Yesterday, NASA astronaut and Chris Cassidy posted these utterly stunning images of the storm from the International Space Station:

Yes, that's a picture of a hurricane that is tied for the windiest storm in the history of Louisiana—and one that's even bigger than 2005's Hurricane Katrina. But NASA astronauts aren't the only ones with an aerial view of Hurricane Laura. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed these stunning images and videos, as well:

The folks at the Weather Channel contributed these:

Atmospheric scientist at the University of Albany, SUNY, Philippe Papin offered this stunning video:

And a Canadian-based Twitter account who is a weather enthusiast posted the following from NOAA.

Since making landfall, Hurricane Laura's winds have been reduced to 85 mph, but there has been at least one death recorded so far, while upwards of 500,000 residents of Louisiana—and more than 125,000 in Texas—are already without power. We can only hope that everyone stays as safe as possible. And to learn more about these harrowing natural phenomena, be sure to read these 18 Hurricane Facts to Put You in Awe of Mother Nature.

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