Its winds are swirling at a max speed of 145 mph, and it's already doing damage to smaller countries. "It" is Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, and it's heading our way.
As of Tuesday morning, a hurricane watch was issued for South Florida, according to Associated Press. That means the storm is expected to hit the southeastern coast of American within the next 48 hours.
Judging by how the hurricane looks from space, the Sunshine State will be in danger -- especially if its size is any indication.
Al-Jazeera Plus posted this haunting view from space, and it's absolutely terrifying.
This is what Hurricane Matthew looks like from space. The Category 4 storm just made landfall in Haiti. pic.twitter.com/YhkqBH9UTu — AJ+ (@ajplus) October 4, 2016
Whatever damage Matthew ends up causing in Florida, there will still be no doubt Caribbean nations will have gotten the worst of the storm.
The hurricane already landed in Haiti, and it's the biggest to hit the country in over 50 years, according to USA TODAY.
Thinking of my beloved Haiti today as this mother of a hurricane hits land. Help if you can. https://t.co/5twfewycSr — olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) October 4, 2016
An aid worker told USA TODAY,
We're expecting a lot of houses to go down because of the poor housing infrastructure in a lot of the rural areas where we work. With wind this strong, it will be extremely damaging and dangerous and homes for the average person are made of mud and sticks or poorly constructed cinderblocks.
Since Tuesday morning, multiple videos have surfaced online showing the devastating winds and already-developing floods in the tiny nation.
First images of #HurricaneMatthew making landfall earlier today, pounding #Haiti with life-threatening wind and rain https://t.co/1l6o9TKsIS pic.twitter.com/htMKK2jRIc — The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) October 4, 2016
After it's done with Haiti, Matthew is expected to hit the eastern part of Cuba, roll through the Bahamas and then, potentially, hit the east coast of the United States.
The threat to Florida and the southeastern U.S. coast has increased. Tropical storm or hurricane conditions could affect portions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week or this weekend, even if the center of Matthew remains offshore.
Safe to say, there are many people who will be preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.