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Terrifying Satellite Storm Footage Shows Hurricane Ian Hitting Florida

See intense lightning spark around surrounding the dangerous Category 4 storm as it makes landfall in Florida.

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Sobering satellite images of Hurricane Ian continue to capture the momentous power of the dangerous Category 4 storm. 

NOAA's GOES-16 satellite captures lightning flashes around Ian as it approaches landfall in Florida.

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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, NOAA shared a dramatic video from inside the eye of the storm shot by a specially equipped aircraft that flew into its center to gather storm data. On Monday, NOAA space images 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. 

The storm is expected to weaken as it approaches central Florida. The National Hurricane Center has issued new watches and warnings for North and South Carolina. 

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