Striking NASA Video Shows Hurricane Dorian from the International Space Station

The storm looks relatively tame now, but it's expected to hit Florida as an 'extremely dangerous' Category 4 storm.

Striking NASA Video Shows Hurricane Dorian from the International Space Station
Captured on Aug. 28, 2019 NASA Worldview/(EOSDIS)

The massive hurricane named Dorian has battered sections of the Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Caribbean this week, and it's not over yet.

NASA's International Space Station (ISS) caught the footage while it was flying above Cuba, as the hurricane is making its way west. NASA shared the video on its blog, YouTube and is making it available for the public to download.

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NASA and Hurricane Dorian

NASA caught the video footage of Hurricane Dorian from a camera secured on the outside of the International Space Station. The ISS was passing over Cuba when the video was filmed, which offers a much different, but still striking view of the massive storm. 

NASA uses its satellites in space that monitor conditions on Earth. In this instance, NASA has been able to keep us updated with Hurricane Dorian's movements and its magnitude. The National Hurricane Center is also providing updates and issuing advisories.

Exact details of the hurricane's movements and force can be read on NASA's blog, which is updated regularly by the space agency. 

Most significantly, NASA has been sharing the amount of rainfall that has already happened, and that's yet to be expected. This will help authorities manage the situation on the ground, especially flash floods.

Heavy rainfall

Based on NASA's estimates, more heavy rainfall is to be expected early next week in the affected regions. Hurricane Dorian is due to bring anywhere between two to 12 inches of rain in certain regions, making the rise of deadly flash floods a serious threat.

Not only will rain continue to batter down, but the wind will also keep hitting the targeted areas. With wind speeds as high as 85mph in certain parts, and potentially gaining momentum, Friday has been predicted as the day it becomes a 'major hurricane.' 

Striking NASA Video Shows Hurricane Dorian from the International Space Station
On Aug. 27 at 1:35 p.m. EDT (1735 UTC), the AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite analyzed cloud top temperatures of Tropical Storm Dorian in infrared light. AIRS found coldest cloud top temperatures (purple) of strongest thunderstorms were as cold as or colder than minus 63 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 53 degrees Celsius). Source: Heidar Thrastarson/NASA JPL

Due to hit southern Florida, it may escalate to a dangerous, catastrophically damaging Category 4 hurricane, with five being the highest category. For updated forecasts and advisories, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov.

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