Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Tropical Storm Henri moving north across the Atlantic Ocean.
The image was captured on the morning of Friday, August 20th by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. At this time, the storm was located about 400 miles southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.
According to NASA, forecasts are calling for Henri to turn northward and begin to accelerate, reaching southern New England late on August 22. Tropical Storm Henri moving north across the Atlantic as shown above causing massive amounts of damage from its strong winds and speed.
By Friday night, more than four million people were under a hurricane warning, with the danger zone stretching from Long Island to Rhode Island. By two days later, after experiencing hostile conditions, Henri weakened to tropical depression status as it turned to the northeast, and on September 24 it merged with a frontal low in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Due to its slow and erratic motion, the hurricane forced evacuations along the Mexican coastline.
If Henri strikes the southern New England coast with the strength that is expected, news reports say it will be the region’s first direct hit by a hurricane in 30 years.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory