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NASA Shares How Hurricanes Irma, Jose & Katia Looked From Space

12 September 2017

This visible light image from NOAA's GOES East satellite shows Hurricane Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on September 8 at 9:15 a.m. EDT (1315 UTC).

Hurricane Katia is relatively stationary, about 200 miles east of Tampico, Mexico as of 11am ET.

Katia spins in the Gulf of Mexico and will strengthen and Hurricane Jose is behind Irma about 1,060 kilometres east of the Lesser Antilles. The image showed powerful bands of thunderstorms around the center of circulation but the storm's eye was not visible. And they are sharing images and videos of what the hurricanes look like from up above.

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A tropical storm watch has also been issued for Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, and St. Eustatius.

Residents observe the levels of the Tecoluca River, in Mexico's Veracruz state, after Hurricane Katia. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. The storm was expected to weaken rapidly over the next day, the NHC said. Isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are possible in northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosi. "This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain".

Just as Jose was upgraded to a hurricane Wednesday afternoon, so was Katia. That's 140 miles (220 km) north-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico.

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Hurricane Irma has had a maximum wind speed of 185 miles per hour in its lifetime, making this the first time for a storm like this to exist in the Atlantic.

'I have little doubt Irma will go down as one of the most infamous in Atlantic hurricane history'.

To determine the strength of a storm, scientists measure the storm's barometric pressure using millibars.

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As Mexican authorities rushed supplies and help to the regions hardest hit by Thursday's massive natural disaster, they also were anxiously watching Hurricane Katia, which struck the eastern coast of Mexico early Saturday as a Category 1 storm.

NASA Shares How Hurricanes Irma, Jose & Katia Looked From Space