As Hurricane Dorian lashes the Bahamas and edges nearer to the southeastern US, images from satellites including the Space Station have showcased the monstrous size of the storm.
Astronaut Nick Hague captured a spectacular image of the storm’s ‘eye’, where there is a small calm area.
The thunderheads around the peaceful ‘eye’ - also known as the eye wall - are often the most violent parts of the storm.
— Nick Hague (@AstroHague) September 2, 2019
Dorian has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains almost at a standstill.
In a message to Governor-General of the Bahamas Sir Cornelius Smith, the Queen said she had been 'shocked and saddened' by the devastation wrought on the archipelago by Hurricane Dorian.
She said: 'Prince Philip and I have been shocked and saddened to learn of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, and we send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives following this terrible storm.
'At this very difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have seen their homes and property destroyed, and I also send my gratitude to the emergency services and volunteers who are supporting the rescue and recovery effort.'
The storm’s wind speeds have lessened slightly to 120mph with higher gusts, down from 130mph.
The National Hurricane centre said Dorian is expected to move 'dangerously close' to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.