AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Hurricane Matthew continues to devastate the Florida coast, KXAN is taking a look inside the storm with NASA helping to uncover how these storms develop.
Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum with NASA joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss how they are working to learn more about the storm.
Hurricane Matthew is the strongest hurricane to develop in the Atlantic in almost 10 years. The last hurricane this strong was Felix in 2007.
“At NASA we have a powerful set of tools to look at hurricane, including looking inside them and so the Global Participation Measurement Movement Mission Core Observatory launched a couple of years ago,” said Dr. Kirschbaum. “It can actually see layer by layer through the storm helping us to better understand how intense the rainfall is.”
At times, Matthew has undergone “rapid intensification”. Matthew produced torrential rains in the Caribbean and could produce significant rains along in coastal states in the U.S.
You can see rainfall extending not only at the eye, but all the way up to 150 miles out where rainfall accumulations is causing significant damage to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
In Florida, a mandatory evacuation order has been sent for 90,000 people living in areas in the path of the hurricane. More than 360,000 people are without power in Florida Friday morning.
Texas is sending help to Florida ahead of the hurricane making landfall in the U.S. Gov. Abbott approved sending the resources on Thursday, which include Texas A&M Forest Service All-Hazards Incident Management Teams, with a total of 30 personnel.
The Salvation Army Austin is also sending a mobile kitchen and catering truck to serve affected people.