Hurricane Earl & The BahamasNASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of Earl in the Atlantic Ocean at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on September 1, 2010. The image shows a distinct eye circled by tightly wound bands of clouds. The Bahamas are immediately west of the storm, surrounded by aquamarine waters over coral reefs. The hurricane spans more than 180 miles (300 kilometers) from east to west in this image. Hurricane force winds extended as far as 90 miles (150 km) from the center, with tropical storm force winds stretching to 200 miles (325 km). The Bahamas
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