Science: Weakening Hurricane Michael Swirls Over North Carolina in Satellite Images

Michael barrelled across the southern U.S. on Wednesday (Oct. 10), beginning the day as a Category 4 hurricane and rapidly losing wind strength as it traveled. In its violent battering of the southeastern U.S., Hurricane Michael left floodwaters, wind-wrecked buildings and power outages in its wake. The current death toll from the storm is 11, although emergency responders say that number could still rise.

But even as affected communities evaluate the damage left in the storm’s wake, weather satellites continued to monitor Michael’s progress.

This image was created using infrared measurements from the Suomi NPP weather satellite, which orbits Earth pole to pole. Studying storms in that wavelength of light allows scientists to understand cloud structure in particularly fine detail, according to a statement released by NASA to accompany the image.

 

As of this morning, Michael is a post-tropical storm off the Eastern Seaboard. But it is expected to continue its rapid travels, reaching the northwest coast of Spain on Monday, according to current predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center.

Email Meghan Bartels at mbartels@space.com or follow her @meghanbartels. Follow us and Facebook. Original article on Space.com.

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