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Satellites track monstrous Hurricane Yang as it threatens ‘catastrophic’ destruction in Florida

Hurricane Yan intensified over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm after flooding Cuba with 12 inches (30 cm) of rain earlier this week and cutting off power to the entire island.

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season got off to a late start but is now bringing some nasty surprises. After Hurricane Fiona caused flooding and massive power outages in parts of the Caribbean and Canada last week, Hurricane Yan has become a major threat.

Bubbling over the Gulf of Mexico as it approaches the coast of Florida ahead of its predicted landfall on Wednesday (September 28), Hurricane Yan has become a Category 4 ‘extremely dangerous’ hurricane with winds reaching 155 mph (250 km/h) . ).

Related: See video of Hurricane Yang in video from the International Space Station.

“A catastrophic storm surge, along with damaging waves from #Ian, is expected along Florida’s southwest coastline from Englewood to Bonita Beach, including Charlotte Harbor. Residents must urgently follow local authority evacuation orders,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement. Center tweeted (will open in a new tab) at 7 am EST (1100 GMT) on Wednesday (September 28).

The hurricane is a nightmare, according to forecasters, as it moves slowly, spewing heavy rain and damaging winds. According to the National Hurricane Center (will open in a new tab)Yang will generate sea tides up to 16 feet (5 meters) above normal tide levels along Florida’s southwest coast after it makes landfall off Tampa later Wednesday.

“Tropical storm winds are already beginning to affect the coast. Conditions will deteriorate rapidly and catastrophic wind damage is expected,” the NOAA National Hurricane Center tweeted at 9:00 AM EDT (15:00 GMT) on Wednesday.

NOAA Predicts (will open in a new tab) the storm will cause “catastrophic wind damage to the southwest coast of Florida.” Extreme rain is expected across the Florida peninsula on Thursday, “catastrophic flooding is expected in parts of central Florida” and “significant flooding in southern Florida, northern Florida, southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina,” NOAA said.

The storm forced NASA to postpone several high-profile launches, including the test flight of the new Space Launch System (SLS) lunar rocket and the SpaceX crew launch to the International Space Station.

The launch of Crew-5 to the orbital outpost is now expected earlier than Tuesday (October 4), while the agency is still mulling over a new date for the landmark SLS flight, which is a major step in NASA’s plans to get humans back into orbit. moon as part of the Artemis program.

The eye of Hurricane Ian approaches the coast of Florida in this video captured by the NOAA GOES 16 satellite.

The eye of Hurricane Ian approaches the coast of Florida in this video captured by the NOAA GOES 16 satellite. (Image credit: NOAA)

Yang appeared over the Caribbean Sea over the weekend as a tropical storm and quickly intensified into a hurricane before reaching Cuba on Tuesday (Sept. 27), bringing heavy rainfall and sustained 120 mph (192 km/h) winds.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Yen will weaken rapidly after landfall in Florida, with winds dropping to Category 1 levels by Thursday morning (September 29). while Yang works his way north. The weakened but still noticeable storm is expected to reach Washington, DC by the middle of next week.

NASA is 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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