Last update: December 13th, 2019 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features an astounding view of Hurricane Dorian captured by astronauts on the International Space Station on September 2, 2019.
As the storm approached the Bahamas, it slowed to a devastating and destructive pace. On September 1 and September 2, Dorian was moving at just a few miles per hour with maximum sustained winds reaching up to 185 miles per hour.
“A storm that stalls means more extreme rain, more extreme winds, more extreme damage,” explained Timothy Hall, NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies scientist. “Stalling over a populated area is the absolute last thing you want to see a hurricane do.”
The hurricane hovered over the Bahamas for 40 consecutive hours, leaving approximately 13,000 homes severely damaged or completely destroyed.
The violent storm was the second strongest Atlantic hurricane in modern meteorological records.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory