For coastal regions around the world, the threat of hurricanes—strong storms fueled by warm air and water—is a seasonal reality.
Each year, storm cells form over the ocean and begin moving towards land, sometimes growing into massive tropical cyclones—like Hurricane Gordon, seen here—capable of causing damage with heavy rain, high winds, and massive waves.
Captured from above, either by satellite or through the porthole of the International Space Station, these storms seem peaceful and static. On the ground, of course, they are exactly the opposite.
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Hurricane Gordon. Photo credit: NASA Goddard