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Hurricane Harvey captured from space

08-26-2017


Hurricane Harvey captured from space Today’s Video of the Day comes from NASA Goddard and features a look at Hurricane Harvey captured from space. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico have allowed the storm to pick up strength as it barrels toward Texas, where it is expected to make landfall east of Corpus Christi between 10pm and 2am ET Saturday. Hurricane Harvey is expected to bring severe flooding and dangerous winds.

Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm with 130-mph sustained winds, is pounding the middle Texas coast, the National Hurricane Center says. The eye wall is the most dangerous part of the storm.

The International Space Stationcaptured video of Hurricane Harvey from about 220 miles above the Earth.  The hurricane left between 6,000 and 12,000 fatalities in the United States; the number most cited in official reports is 6,000. Most of these deaths occurred in the vicinity of Galveston after storm surge inundated the entire island with 8 to 12 feet (2.4 to 3.7 m) of water. 

Harvey caused at least 107 confirmed deaths: 1 in Guyana, and 106 in the United States. Total damage from the hurricane is estimated at $125 billion (2017 USD), making it among the costliest natural disasters ever in the United States, comparable with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com

Video Credit: NASA Goddard

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