06 Oct Hurricane Matthew bears down the Bahamas, heads to Florida
Updated with Live Video feed (Oct 7)
Hurricane Matthew is strengthening after crossing over the Bahamas a few hours ago and yesterday through Haiti with wind speeds up to 145 mph (233 km/h), where it left a trail of destruction, floods and nearly 100 casualties. Video below:
NASA states “Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale”, with “some additional strengthening” to be possible while it approaches the Florida coast. NASA has
The size of the hurricane is well visible in the satellite images available through zoom.earth, compared to Florida and Cuba (top left and left, respectively). Video captured from the International Space Station was also made available:
The Kennedy Space Center, located near Cape Canaveral, Florida, is closed since yesterday (Oct. 5), in preparation for the full-force hit of the storm early morning.
Reports claim that Matthew could intensify into a Category 5 hurricane before making landfall in Florida, with sustained winds of 157 mph (253 km/h).
Update Oct. 7:
While the number of casualties in Haiti keeps soaring, reaching over 300 dead, the hurricane has maintained a category 3 status, though it will still be devastating if it nears land with such power, comparable to Katrina.
Here’s the Facebook Live from WFTV:
On the satellite image below, showing the most part of the United States, you can see the immense size of this hurricane’s storm eye now over Florida: