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NASA photos of hurricanes seen from space

By: Katherine Butler on Oct. 16, 2009, 5:22 p.m.
Hurricane Ivan from space

Photo: NASA

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Hurricane Ivan (2004)

Hurricane Ivan was a powerful, long-lived cyclone that made two U.S. landfalls and reached Category 5 strength three times. This image was shot from the International Space Station as Ivan spun toward Gulf Shores, Ala., where storm surges swelled to 16 feet. Ivan also dumped 15 inches of rain in some places and spawned 23 tornadoes in Florida alone.

• Lifespan: Sept. 2-24, 2004

• Max. wind speed: 165 mph (Category 5)