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Satellite imagery shows Hurricane Yan approaching Florida as a powerful Category 3 storm.

Hurricane Yan made landfall in Cuba and veered off the west coast of Florida on Tuesday (September 27) as satellites track the terrifying storm from space.

Yang was raging over the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane as of Tuesday afternoon and was being tracked by the GOES-16/GOES-East weather satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite captured amazing videos and images of Hurricane Ian as it crossed western Cuba.

“Re-strengthening is expected later today, on Wednesday. [Sept. 28]NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) officials wrote in an afternoon update. (will open in a new tab). “Yang is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane.”

Video: Watch Hurricane Ian leave the International Space Station.

NOAA forecasters said Hurricane Yan was due to cross the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and pass west of the Florida Keys on Tuesday evening. It should reach the west coast of Florida by Wednesday or Wednesday night, according to NHC officials. The storm is forecast to make landfall in the United States south of Sarasota, Florida on Wednesday evening, according to the New York Times. (will open in a new tab).

In this NOAA GOES 16 satellite image, Hurricane Yan is seen as a powerful Category 3 storm in the Gulf of Mexico on September 27, 2022. (Image credit: NOAA)

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As of Tuesday afternoon, Hurricane Yang was moving northward at about 10 mph (17 km/h) and peaking winds of nearly 120 mph (195 km/h), NHC officials said.

Heavy rain has already been reported in parts of Florida, and state officials have issued evacuation orders in some coastal areas, according to the New York Times.

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral along Florida’s east coast, mission leaders ordered the agency’s Artemis 1 lunar rocket to be rolled back into the vehicle assembly building so it could shelter from the approaching storm in a cavernous 52-story hangar.

The Artemis 1 lunar rocket, NASA’s first Space Launch System launch vehicle, is 322 feet (98 meters) high and awaiting its first uncrewed test flight after weeks of delays and two previous launch attempts.

Artemis 1 returns to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on September 27, 2022 due to Hurricane Yan. (Image credit: NASA/Joel Kouski)

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“At approximately 9:15 a.m. ET, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission were anchored inside the vehicle assembly building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center after a four-mile journey from launch pad 39B that began. at 11:21 p.m. Monday, September 26, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Yan,” NASA wrote in an update. (will open in a new tab). “After the storm passes, teams will conduct checks to determine strikes at the center and develop a forward plan for the next launch attempt, including replacing the batteries of the main stage abort system and retesting the system to ensure it can abort if necessary. . for public safety in the event of an emergency during launch.”

NASA is also tracking Hurricane Yang from the International Space Station. On Wednesday, the space agency will provide live images of the storm at 3:00 pm EDT (19:00 GMT) from the orbiting laboratory.

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