Space Station Watches As Hurricane Matthew Closes In On Florida

Winds up to 140 mph

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Matthew, as seen from the ISS.NASA

The International Space Station has been keeping an eye on Hurricane Matthew, floating above the storm as it churned through the Caribbean Sea. In the image above, taken on October 4, the storm's clouds stretch as far as the eye can see.

Down below, the storm has prompted NASA's Kennedy Space Center, near Cape Canaveral, to close. Matthew has the potential to cause catastrophic damage to its Vehicle Assembly Building and launchpads.

Still, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have their hurricane hunters and satellites trained on Matthew as it nears the Atlantic Coast. The outer bands of the storm, which are traveling northwest at 14 miles per hour, have already reached Florida and knocked out power in multiple counties. Matthew will hit full force early tomorrow morning and is expected to bring between six inches and a foot of rain from areas across the coasts of central Florida to southern North Carolina.

Here’s what Matthew looks like as it approaches.

Radar imagery of the storm:

Matthew’s clouds enveloped Florida early this afternoon, a satellite photo taken at 1:00 p.m. EDT showed.

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Satellite image of Hurricane Matthew.NASA/NOAA GOES Project

You can watch a 360-video of a hurricane hunter flying through the eye of the storm.

05 OCT 2016 NOAA43 (WP-3D Orion) eyewall penetration of Hurric...

Ride along with pilot LCDR Chris Kerns in this first-ever 360 degree video as #NOAA43 (WP-3D Orion) flies into the eye of #HurricaneMatthew. Credit: NOAA Aircraft Operations Center If you are in an area that may be impacted by this powerful storm, get the latest advisories at hurricanes.gov and be sure to follow the guidance from your local emergency managers.

Posted by The NOAA Hurricane Hunters on Thursday, October 6, 2016

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite photos show Matthew evolving, almost in real time.

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NOAA's satellite view of Hurricane MatthewNOAA

Hurricanes need warm water to form. Temperatures in the Caribbean, where Matthew intensified, were above average last week.

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A NOAA ocean temperature analysis of the CaribbeanNOAA/National Weather Service