A satellite view from the International Space Station gave viewers a unique look atas the sprawling storm takes aim at .
The space station passed over the storm at 11:25 a.m. ET. The live view showed Idalia, which strengthened into a hurricane early Tuesday, churning over the Gulf of Mexico. In an 11 a.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm had sustained winds of 85 miles per hour extending out about 15 miles.
The flyover lasted approximately 15 minutes. The station also flew over, which is working its way up the East Coast. Franklin was causing “life-threatening surf and rip current” along the U.S. coast, the hurricane center said, but it is not forecast to make landfall and will stay out to sea.
is expected to make landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday. It’s expected to be a major, dangerous hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center, and will impact a wide portion of the state, including Tampa and Orlando. It will cross the state before approaching the Carolina coastline on Thursday, according to forecasters.
Forecasters have warned about a storm surge, which could cause major flooding. In a news conference, Florida governor Ron DeSantis said some areas may see surges as high as “eight to 12 feet” depending on the tides.
DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 46 counties and the state mobilized 1,100 National Guard members.orders or suggestions were posted in 21 counties.
The International Space Station has been in orbit since 1998 and is about 250 miles above Earth’s surface. It is a functioning research laboratory where astronauts and experts look at fields like human health, biosciences, engineering research, and Earth and space imaging and observations. Some research projects track hurricanes, cyclones and other weather phenomena from space.
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