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.
A glance from @NOAA‘s #GOES16 Day Cloud Convection RGB at #Michael, which has just been upgraded to hurricane position. For the most up-to-date on the forecast keep track of & intensity, stop by the @NHC_Atlantic web site: https://t.co/0dbkI2SVxc pic.twitter.com/i0g1McRbLL
— NASA Activity (@NASA_Sport) Oct 8, 2018
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.
Hurricane #Michael, noticed listed here by #GOESEast, is strengthening as it moves above the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The heart of the Cat. 2 storm is anticipated to go inland above the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. Newest: https://t.co/ZrHnIiaJs1 pic.twitter.com/8oMdOx2YVv
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) October 9, 2018
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.