Fabian and Henri
September 10, 2003
Bermuda was walloped by Hurricane Fabian this past Friday. It engulfed tiny Bermuda with wind gusts in excess of 120 mph (192 kmh) -- the most powerful storm to hit the island in at least 50 years. The above photo was captured from 22,000 miles (35,000 km) above the western Atlantic Ocean (GOES satellite) on the morning of September 5. Fabian's eye was closed at the time, but a few days before, the eye was wide open -- an indication that this was a very dangerous storm. Fabian was like a tiger. It reached a category 4 (winds between 131-155 mph or 210-249 kmh) on the Saffir-Simpson scale and is, thus far, this season's biggest storm.
On the left of the photo, Tropical Storm Henri can be seen over central Florida. Henri formed in the northeast portion of the Gulf of Mexico late last week and then drifted across Florida, but it never developed into a hurricane.