Seen From Space: Hurricane Joaquin Churns Towards Bahamas

Hurricane Joaquin churns toward the Bahamas in the early morning shot captured on Oct. 2 by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station. Scott Kelly / NASA

Hurricane Joaquin battered the Bahamas early Friday and from his perch on the International Space Station astronaut Scott Kelly was witness to the magnitude of the huge storm. Kelly captured this early morning image before the storm hit the Atlantic archipelago with maximum sustained winds of around 140 miles per hour.

Forecasters said the hurricane could intensify further as it drifts west and is expected to turn north at some point later on Friday.

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