You can watch the awe-inspiring and horrifying Hurricane Irma from Space
Using NASA and NOAA satellites, you can watch Hurricane Irma from space as it approaches the Caribbean and Florida.
For the second time in a matter of weeks, a hurricane is bearing down on the U.S. And while the effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt for years, Irma may be even more devastating.
Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 storm, and it is already the most powerful hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, and the fifth strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Sustained winds within Irma have been recorded at 180 mph; to put that in context, Hurricane Harvey – which recently hit the Gulf States and devastated Houston – had a top wind speed of around 130 mph.
To be fair, the majority of the damage to Houston was from flooding rather than winds, but Harvey may end up being the most costly natural disaster in the U.S. of all time, and an even more powerful hurricane is on its way. Assuming Irma doesn’t radically and unpredictably turn, it will be the first time two hurricanes have made landfall in the continental U.S.
Irma is expected to hit the Dominican Republic on Thursday, Cuba on Friday, and then Florida on Sunday. It is then expected to head north along the eastern seaboard, hitting Georgia and South Carolina sometime next week.
It is an incredible and terrifying storm, and sometimes just listing how bad it might be doesn’t have the impact on people that it should. So instead, check out the live feed from NASA and the NOAA’s satellites as it tracks the storm. It’s not the first time NASA has streamed a disaster, but Irma is the most powerful storm to be live-streamed. Watching it is awe-inspiring and horrifying all at once.
And if you want to help out with Harvey relief or the inevitable Florida relief, there are several charities out there that can use your help.