NASA is keeping a close watch on Hurricane Dorian as it barrels across the Atlantic Ocean on its way toward Florida, and now the agency has spotted in the storm from the International Space Station.
A video of Hurricane Dorian captured today (Aug. 29) from the space station shows the Category 1 storm as it appeared at 1:05 p.m. EDT (1705 GMT). At the time, the storm was north of Puerto Rico and moving north across the Atlantic Ocean. The space station, meanwhile, was flying 260 miles (418 kilometers) above Cuba.
Dorian currently has wind speeds of near 85 mph (140 km/h) and is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane by Friday (Aug. 30), according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
"A west-northwestward motion is forecast to begin by Friday night and continue into the weekend," NHC officials said in an update. "On this track, Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and on Friday, approach the northwestern Bahamas Saturday, and move near or over portions of the northwest Bahamas on Sunday."
Officials at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida are preparing for the the storm, just in case it makes landfall near the spaceport on Sunday (Sept. 1). Center officials are moving a 400-foot-tall (122 meters) Mobile Launcher tower into the Vehicle Assembly Building, a 52-story building once used to prepare NASA's Saturn V moon rockets and space shuttles for flight.
The many Earth-facing video cameras on the International Space Station are part of a fleet of space-based views NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are using to track Dorian from orbit. Both agencies are also using the GOES-East satellite, the Suomi NPP Earth-watching satellite and others to monitor the storm.
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