NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has taken on the brunt of the burden of Hurricane Matthew. Meanwhile, the satellite shows the double eyewall developing in the storm very clearly.
The potent and chaotic Hurricane Matthew has long since vacated NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and thankfully the spaceport is intact. Matthew passed through the region that lies offshore of the spaceport.
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The KSC lies on Central Florida’s Atlantic Coast and exists east of Orlando. The site didn’t incur much in the way of damage which was a relief. NASA officials updated the latest news on the hurricane in the morning.
"Hurricane Matthew has now passed offshore from Cape Canaveral and is north of Kennedy Space Center. The wind is starting to decline but remains near tropical storm strength. However, until the wind is consistently below 50 knots a crew cannot be sent outside to begin a more thorough look at KSC. That is expected sometime this afternoon," NASA officials wrote yesterday.
"At this time there is observed to be limited roof damage to KSC facilities, water and electrical utilities services have been disrupted and there is scattered debris. Storm surge has been observed to be relatively minimal, limited to localized portions of the space center. The Damage Assessment and Recovery Team will be brought in for its formal assessment Saturday morning."
There is however limited damage to the rooftop and other KSC features. These include water amenities and electrical services. These have unfortunately been affected and there is a lot of flotsam and jetsam lying here and there.
The surging storm had been seen to be minimal at this site which was a miracle indeed. It was limited to local areas of the space center. After 9: 45 EDT, the winds were getting slower and slower at the KSC site.
However, they had not dropped below 58 mph. What this meant in practical terms was that it was still too early to send in the damage control crew to repair the chaos that had been unleashed (although it had been on a small scale).
The team responsible for damage control arrived this morning for a formal assessment. NASA sealed off the KSC site yesterday. The whole procedure was carried out in order to make preparations for Hurricane Matthew and weather its inclement nature.
The site has long been the place from which space missions have been launched. Astronauts have reached for the skies from this locus of control. Also the Apollo Moon Missions all took place from this spot in epoch-making history. Even the space shuttle flights operated from this venue on the timeline.
Novel images from a satellite have revealed that Hurricane Matthew has formed a large central eye with a double eyewall, according to Space.com.
Such an occurrence is normally seen in powerful hurricanes. Eyewalls hide large thunderstorms and strong gusts of wind. Also they are accompanied by torrential rains. Matthew is basically a Category 3 hurricane.
The winds it generates are capable of exceeding 115 mph. The latest reports say that the hurricane is advancing 60 miles southeast of Jacksonville, Florida.
While previously Hurricane Matthew was weakened slightly by now it has reached the stage of a Category 4 storm. It remains a big hazard for the surrounding areas and the inhabitants that live in them.