Hurricane Ida looks absolutely massive from space in these astronaut photos

Hurricane Ida strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm overnight as it approaches the coast of Louisiana today (Aug. 29), with astronauts keeping close watch on the tempest from space. 

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur captured a series of photos of Hurricane Ida on Saturday while it was still a Category 3 storm. Her photos show a massive storm churning across the Gulf of Mexico as it bore down on the southeastern coast of Louisiana, where it is expected to make landfall later today. 

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