Sobering satellite images ofcontinue to capture the momentous power of the dangerous Category 4 storm.
On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shared a satellite view of the hurricane making landfall near Cayo Costa, in southwestern Florida, with maximum sustained winds at a mind-boggling 150 mph.
Even from space, the storm's churn looks absolutely monstrous, and you can see an extraordinary amount of lightning surrounding it.
Earlier on Wednesday, NOAAfrom inside the eye of the storm shot by a specially equipped aircraft that flew into its center to gather storm data. On Monday, showed Ian's swirling pattern and reach as it headed toward Cuba and then Florida.
Meanwhile, as Ian batters the Florida peninsula with catastrophic storm surge, winds, flooding and widespread power outages, images from the ground are capturing heartbreaking sights of homes being ripped from their foundations and swept away. Space images shared by NASA astronaut Bob Hines on Wednesday show the size of the storm in relation to the Mississippi River and New Orleans.