Astronaut's grim photos from space show hurricane destruction

ISS commander Randy Bresnik shares pictures of Hurricanes Irma and Jose and also of the devastation they leave behind.

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ISS commander Randy Bresnik remains on hurricane watch from his perch about 260 miles (419 km) above Earth, and now he's added looming Hurricane Jose to his list.

The NASA astronaut is making himself a must-follow on Twitter, sharing not just photos of Jose and Hurricane Irma, but giving Earthlings views of the areas that have been unfortunate enough to land in the storms' paths.

On Monday, as Hurricane Irma turned into a tropical storm, Bresnik tweeted new photos, including a stunning double image looking inside the eye of the next hurricane, Jose, showing the path all the way through its swirling clouds to the Earth.

Another comparison showed that while Jose may be a little brother of sorts to massive Irma, he's not to be messed with himself.

And he even caught a glimpse of Jose's retreat from the Caribbean's windward islands.

On Thursday night, Bresnik tweeted a sobering photo of Hurricane Irma swirling menacingly above the Caribbean.

Not all of Bresnik's images are storm-centered. He also shares photos of areas that are safely out of the storm's path.

Follow @AstroKomrade ("Komrade" is Bresnik's nickname) on Twitter for storm -- and other -- updates from space.

Updated on Sept. 11 with more photos.

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