Today (October 28), as Hurricane Zeta headed north of the Gulf of Mexico, the International Space Station captured the incredible beauty of a huge storm from orbit.
Before 1 pm Eastern Time (1700 GMT), the space station passed Zeta because its external camera recorded video of enhanced hurricanes. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Zeta is now a Category 2 storm and is expected to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana this afternoon.
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Although the International Space Station can only see the storm when its orbit passes over the vortex clouds, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are closely monitoring Hurricane Zeta with a full set of Earth observation satellites.
Tropical update: @NOAA’s #GOES16🛰️ is tracking #HurricaneZeta using high-resolution visible imagery as it is rapidly approaching the Gulf Coast this afternoon. #Zeta now has a wind speed of 100 mph, and #Hurricane Warning is in effect. Latest: https://t.co/VTAp4gGkHs. #LAwx #MSwx pic.twitter.com/uuG1HbScjAO October 28, 2020
In the latest development released at 3pm Eastern Time (1900 GMT), the NHC reported that Hurricane Zeta was “one or two hours” before landfall and the Eye of the Storm was about 125 miles (205 kilometers) southwest of New South ) Orleans, the maximum sustained wind speed is 105 mph (165 km/h).
NHC said in the update: “The latest data from the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft shows that Zeta’s maximum wind speed has increased to 105 mph (165 kilometers), gusts are higher, and the center pressure has dropped to 973 mb.” Atmospheric pressure of millibars. “It now appears that Zeta is likely to maintain Hurricane Saffir-Simpson’s level 2 intensity until it makes landfall in southeastern Louisiana for the first time later this afternoon.”
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