Hurricane Isabel, 15th September 2003

Hurricane Isabel, 15th September 2003

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Caption: Hurricane Isabel in the Caribbean Sea on 15th September 2003. The islands of Hispaniola (lower centre) and the eastern tip of Cuba (lower left) are seen, along with the shallow seas (green) around the Bahamas. The US state of Florida is just out of frame at top left. Isabel was classified as a type 5 hurricane, the strongest, but was downgraded to a type 4 on 16th September. Hurricanes are enormous rotating storm systems in which winds can reach over 240 kilometres per hour. They can cause immense damage if they hit built-up areas, but lose energy quickly once over land. This image was taken by the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite.

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