Last week, the first Atlantic hurricane this season hit the US coast in Texas. Now parts of Florida are preparing for “Isaias”. The storm could also have an impact on space travel.
The US Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning due to an approaching cyclone for the east coast of Florida. The hurricane “Isaias” of the lowest strength one is coming from the direction of the Bahamas from Saturday evening (local time) near the east coast of the US state, as the national hurricane center said on Friday evening. According to the forecast, the storm will not hit the US mainland directly, but tidal waves, floods and high wind speeds can occur on the coast.
“Even if the eye of the storm stays off the coast, there will of course be an impact,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at a press conference on Saturday. Florida be fully prepared.
Citizens should stock up on water and food
DeSantis had already asked the citizens in the affected areas on Friday to stock up on water, food and the necessary medication for at least seven days. There could also be power outages, he warned. DeSantis imposed a state of emergency for the districts on the east coast that are likely to be affected – among other things, to give the authorities greater powers to prepare for the storm. US President Donald Trump approved the declaration of emergency, as the White House announced on Saturday.
According to the forecast, the hurricane is expected to sweep across parts of the Bahamas’ island chain by Saturday and bring wind gusts of up to 120 kilometers per hour with it. The storm is then expected to turn northeast off the Florida coast and weaken. On Thursday, “Isaias” caused property damage and power outages as a weaker tropical storm in the Caribbean outskirts of Puerto Rico.
The weather could affect space travel
The weather could also affect the return of two astronauts from the ISS. The plan was for Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to undock from the International Space Station on Sunday night (CEST) and land with a capsule in the sea off Florida on Sunday. The two took off at the end of May with the “Crew Dragon” developed by SpaceX from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida – after a break of almost nine years, it was the first time that astronauts flew from the USA to the ISS, and the first time that they were carried by a private space company.
Last weekend, the first Atlantic hurricane this season hit the US coast in Texas and brought heavy rainfall with it. Like Florida, Texas is one of the US states that are currently particularly affected by the corona pandemic.
US meteorologists expect an above-average active hurricane season over the Atlantic this year. From June to the end of November there could be up to ten hurricanes, up to six of them very strong, the National Weather Service said at the end of May. On average there are six hurricanes over the Atlantic each year, three of which develop into storms of great strength.