Expedition 60 ISS crew members captured terrifying images of Hurricane Dorian from space this weekend. The storm continued to batter the Bahamas over the Labor Day holiday as Florida residents wait to see how it will impact the Sunshine State.
The space station shared more of Koch’s images on its Twitter feed.
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) September 2, 2019
An Interstellar Look at the Storm
Current space station residents have a unique, interstellar view of this devastating storm. Dorian’s fierce, gusting winds form a vast, almost surreal swirl of white in the photo collage Koch posted on Twitter.
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) September 2, 2019
Koch’s fellow American ISS crewmate, Nick Hague, captured the eye of the hurricane and shared it with his Twitter followers. He referenced the massive storm’s power in his caption.
— Nick Hague (@AstroHague) September 2, 2019
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano also posted his own set of Dorian photos on Twitter.
— Luca Parmitano (@astro_luca) September 2, 2019
Meanwhile, coordinators from NASA’s Earth Science Disasters Program are working with emergency recovery providers to determine how the space agency’s satellite data can help officials direct resources to communities that are affected by the storm.
For instance, a soil moisture map of Florida will help researchers and appropriate agencies “predict the impact of heavy rainfall from Hurricane Dorian on flooding and runoff across the state.”
Furthermore, NASA is providing frequent hurricane updates, including satellite images and data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Currently, the latest updates on Dorian appear on NASA’s website home page.
Battering the Bahamas
The National Hurricane Center downgraded Hurricane Dorian from a Category 5 hurricane on Sunday to a Category 4 late Monday morning. However, the storm is still raging at dangerous levels.
According to a FOX news report, Dorian’s catastrophic winds continue to thrash across parts of the Bahamas, with some areas experiencing sustained wind gusts of 155 mph.
Sadly, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced that the storm had killed at least five people, CNN reports.
Stateside, Florida weather officials are reportedly calling Dorian “the strongest storm to ever threaten the state’s East Coast.”
Millions of people are waiting to see what direction the slow-moving storm will take in the next couple of days.
“No matter what path this storm takes, our state will be impacted,” said Jared Moskowitz, the director of Florida’s Department of Emergency Management in a statement. “We will continue to work around the clock to prepare.”
Multiple counties across coastal communities in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina reportedly issued mandatory evacuations due to the impending storm. Meanwhile, Hurricane Dorian updates continue to flood social media platforms, with #HurricaneDorian trending on Twitter throughout Labor Day 2019.