See Hurricane Michael from House in These Satellite Images

Hurricane Michael is predicted to hit the Florida panhandle as a significant storm on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 10) — and U.S. temperature satellites are busy looking at the storm to enable meteorologists hold people today harmless.

Significantly significant are the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, or GOES, which are jointly operate by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

As of Tuesday morning (Oct. 9), Michael is a Class 2 storm, with sustained wind speeds of nearly 100 mph (155 km/h), in accordance to NOAA. The storm is strengthening as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico, and the hurricane is predicted to be a significant storm when it hits the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.

Then, as the storm crosses above the Southeast U.S. on Wednesday evening and Thursday, it will weaken. By Friday (Oct. 12), the storm will make its way out over the northern Atlantic, NOAA is currently predicting.

If you dwell in the region Hurricane Michael will be passing by, you can look at the newest forecasts and warnings at NOAA’s Nationwide Hurricane Centre.

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