Hurricane Ike was bumping across Cuba on September 9, 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image. Ike hit the eastern part of the island as a Category 3 storm and weakened to a Category 1 storm as it spent its energy through wind and rainfall over the island. In the image, the eye of the storm was over the western part of the island, and the outer bands of rain clouds reached Florida in the north and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico in the west.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.
Between the last week of August and the first week of September 2008, the Atlantic Ocean queued up a series of tropical storms. Ike became a large storm that raked over Cuba and targeted the Texas coast.