Watch Hurricane Matthew Barreling Toward Land, As Seen From The Space Station
A storm is coming.
Image: NASA Johnson
Floridians, brace yourselves—literally. "Severe" Hurricane Matthew is sweeping its way at 12 miles per hour across the Bahamas, and reaching toward the east coast of Florida by Thursday night. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects this motion to continue for up to the next 48 hours, at Category 3 or even higher (for reference, Hurricane Katrina was a 5).
But already, it's a monster of a storm, as you can see in this new video captured from orbit by the International Space Station, and posted online by NASA.
This is the second video of Hurricane Matthew captured from the space station; the first was taken two days ago.
Florida state officials are warning residents to have three days worth of food and water, to fully charge their cell phones, and to have batteries on hand. Some communities are even evacuating. Hurricane Matthew has already killed 13 people in the Caribbean.
President Obama is warning people the storm could have a "devastating effect," and that they should take evacuation orders seriously. "If you get an evacuation order, just remember you can always rebuild, you can always repair property," said Obama, "but you cannot restore a life if it is lost."
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