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NASA Sees Powerful Hurricane Matthew from Space (Video)

As Hurricane Matthew swirled over a Caribbean yesterday (Oct. 3), a International Space Station held a glance of a large storm. The space hire flew over a Category 4 whirly during 4:10 p.m. EDT as a charge done a approach north by a Caribbean Sea.

The International Space Station (ISS) spied on a potentially lethal whirly from a protected orbiting altitude of 250 miles (400 kilometers) regulating a lab’s onboard, Earth-viewing cameras. ISS astronauts afterwards tweeted a video shortly afterward. [Watch NASA’s video of Hurricane Matthew here: Powerful Hurricane Matthew Seen From Space | Time-Lapse Video]

Credit: NASA

 

Early this morning (Oct. 4), a charge done a initial landfall in western Haiti, bringing winds of adult to 145 mph (233 km/h) and a torrential surge that forecasters pronounced will volume to some-more than 2 feet (0.6 meters) of rainfall. Hurricane Matthew’s eye is approaching to strech Cuba after today, and some forecasts expected a eye will strech a easterly seashore of a U.S. by Friday.

 

Credit: NASA/JAXA, Hal Pierce

 

The ISS wasn’t a usually satellite watching a whirly from space. NOAA satellite GOES-East has also been gripping an eye on a storm. Because this satellite has a geostationary orbit, it provides continual imagery of a eastern U.S. and a Atlantic Ocean by constantly hovering over a same region.

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core look-out satellite offers a reduction realistic, though most some-more colorful, perspective of a storm. The satellite flew over Hurricane Matthew on Sunday (Oct. 2) during 5:46 a.m. EDT and totalled a flood approaching to strike Hispaniola. The satellite estimated a surge rate of during slightest 6.4 inches (163 millimeters) per hour and totalled cloud tops as high as 9.9 miles (16 km).

Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

“Heaviest sleet was seen good to a easterly of Hurricane Matthew’s center,” Hal Pierce, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement. “This area of strong, convective storms has been determined over a past few days. This area of heated rainfall is due to joining between a trade winds (prevailing easterlies) and a breeze upsurge from a south with Matthew. This area of complicated rainfall with Matthew might means harmful torrential rainfall as it moves solemnly over Haiti.”

Hurricane Matthew, an unusually powerful storm, will continue to solemnly climb toward Cuba and a Bahamas before expected attack Florida by a finish of a week.

To watch a latest views of Earth from a ISS, check out a live tide of a ISS cameras and use a satellite tracker to guard a station’s location.

Email Hanneke Weitering during hweitering@space.com or follow her @hannekescience. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original essay on Space.com.

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