Particularly important are the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, or GOES, which are jointly run by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.
A look from @NOAA's #GOES16 Day Cloud Convection RGB at #Michael, which has just been upgraded to hurricane status. For the latest on the forecast track & intensity, visit the @NHC_Atlantic website: https://t.co/0dbkI2SVxc pic.twitter.com/i0g1McRbLL— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) October 8, 2018
As of Tuesday morning (Oct. 9), Michael is a Category 2 storm, with sustained wind speeds of almost 100 mph (155 km/h), according to NOAA. The storm is strengthening as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico, and the hurricane is predicted to be a major storm when it hits the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.
Hurricane #Michael, seen here by #GOESEast, is strengthening as it moves over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The center of the Cat. 2 storm is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. Latest: https://t.co/ZrHnIiaJs1 pic.twitter.com/8oMdOx2YVv— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) October 9, 2018
Then, as the storm crosses over the Southeast U.S. on Wednesday evening and Thursday, it will weaken. By Friday (Oct. 12), the storm will make its way out over the northern Atlantic, NOAA is currently predicting.
If you live in the region Hurricane Michael will be passing through, you can check the latest forecasts and warnings at NOAA's National Hurricane Center.