Cameras mounted outside ISS capture amazing views of three powerful hurricanes
Cameras installed on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) have clicked superb sights of three powerful hurricanes on August 30 when they whisked across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The space station's camera at first spied the tropical storm Hurricane Lester. The Category 4 storm headed westward throughout the Pacific Ocean, producing strong 125-mph (200 km/h) winds. The ISS cameras have clicked jaw-dropping pictures of thick, stormy clouds churning around the hurricane's eye, empowering the storm.
NASA has shared a time-lapse footage wherein sights of Hurricane Madeline can be viewed after Hurricane Lester. Hurricane Madeline was going towards west cross the Pacific Ocean, with winds even powerful than the ones of Lester, at 130 mph (209 km/h).
In the video description, NASA officials said that the storms were on a track that may put the big island of Hawaii in danger in the coming days.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite clicked a picture of Hurricane Madeline coming near to Hawaii on August 29.
The picture demonstrated that the storm's eye expanded around 13 nautical miles (24 kilometers) broad in diameter when the image was captured. NASA said in a statement that this was the reason why a hurricane watch has been issued for Hawaii County, Hawaii.
The US space agency officials said that with such powerful winds, ocean swells are likely to arrive at the Hawaiian Islands and may cause devastation near the coastline.
Regarding the third hurricane, the agency's time-lapse video has featured sights of Hurricane Gaston when it passed over the Atlantic Ocean the same day, generating winds of around 100 mph (160 km/h). Hawaii residents have been closely watching two hurricanes Madeline and Lester in the Pacific.