NASA Spotted Eye of Hurricane Nicole
After hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Nicole has threatened Bermuda as NASA and NOAA's GOES project spotted the eye of Hurricane Nicole.
The NASA/NOAA GOES Project, located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland rendered an image of Hurricane Nicole with its eye visible in the center at around 12 p.m. on Oct. 12.
Based on the report, the storm has "well-rounded" feeder bands with thunderstorms near the center or the eye. They form a band on the eastern side of the hurricane's eye. NOAA's satellites are crucial in capturing the images of storms from space. NASA/NOAA GOES Project create the photographs, images and animations based on the data collected by NOAA's satellites.
A warning was issued last Oct. 12 covering the Bermuda area. This warning also prompted NASA to postpone the Orbital ATK's resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) original set to deliver goods to the ISS this Thursday. Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo spacecraft will not fly this Oct. 13 due to the threat of the storm. Instead, it was rescheduled for the liftoff on Sunday after the storm has passed. Technicians will conduct an assessment of NASA's facility affected by hurricane Nicole and decide if it's operational before giving the launch a green light.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that the warning was supposed to tell the residents of the affected area that a devastating hurricane is to be expected. Preparations for safety and even evacuation if needed are to follow after a warning was issued.
Hurricane Nicole is expected to move northwards with a speed of 100 miles per hour (155 kph) said NHC; while the minimal central pressure is about 969 millibars, according to a report.
At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), the large eye of Hurricane Nicole was located near about 295 miles (480 km) south-southwest of Bermuda near 28.4 degrees north latitude and 66.9 degrees west longitude. Nicole was moving toward the north near 7 mph (11 kph), and the NHC expects a northward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected today, Oct. 12. A turn toward the north-northeast is forecast tonight, followed by a northeast turn on Thursday with an additional increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the core of Hurricane Nicole will pass near or over Bermuda on Thursday, Oct. 13.
The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is 969 millibars.
As of today, Hurricane Nicole already moved passed Bermuda into the sea according to a report by CNN.