Hurricane Isabel (2003)
Seen here three days before striking North Carolina's Outer Banks, Hurricane Isabel was the strongest, costliest and deadliest storm of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. Its well-defined eye was nearly 50 miles wide when this photo was taken from aboard the space station Sept. 15, 2003.
• Lifespan: Sept. 6-20, 2003
• Max. wind speed: 165 mph (Category 5)