Incredible images of Hurricane Irma take over social media as it approaches U.S.

As powerful Hurricane Maria churns on, here's a look at how each hurricane category corresponds to wind strength, according to The Saffir-Simpson scale.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Caribbean Wednesday as a Category 5 storm.

With sustained winds near 185 mph, the powerful storm moves toward the eastern coast of the U.S.

As Florida braces for the hurricane to make landfall, striking images from the storm are making the rounds on social media.

Here are just a few of the images and videos being posted online.

The NASA SPoRT Twitter account is tweeting some stunning images of the Eye.

Seeing the view from NOAA satellites also shows the scope of how big the storm is.

Watching the gravity wave pattern in this tweet is mesmerizing.

Astronauts even got a front-row seat as the International Space Station flew over the storm.

Residents in Florida are already preparing for Irma and bracing for the possible severe weather. The storm is expected to make its way near Florida this weekend.

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