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Updated Sept. 10 at 8:14 a.m. EDT with the latest imagery and video.

Hurricane Irma is a still-powerful Category 4 storm and has reached the Florida Keys as the storm makes its way up the west coast of Florida. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are providing satellite imagery to the National Hurricane Center to aid forecasts about Irma's potential for destruction on the U.S. mainland after the storm battered the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean island nations in the path of the storm. They are also tracking Hurricane Jose, a Category 4 storm behind Irma, and the now-Tropical Storm Katia in the Gulf of Mexico. [Hurricane Irma in Photos: Views of the Monster Storm from Space]

Below are observations of Hurricane Irma in motion taken by NASA and NOAA from satellites and planes. 

The upcoming winter might not be as brutal as some have predicted.
The upcoming winter might not be as brutal as some have predicted.
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Editor's Note: This article was originally posted Sept. 5 and was updated Sept. 8.

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