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Astronauts snap surreal images of Hurricane Dorian from the ISS

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm to a Category 4 late Monday morning. Several large airports announced closures and many flights were cancelled for Monday and Tuesday. He called the devastation "unprecedented and extensive".

Julia Aylen wades through waist deep water carrying her pet dog as she is rescued from her flooded home during Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as the second strongest Atlantic storm on record on Sunday night and inched closer to the United States, with parts of Florida evacuating and Georgia and the Carolinas bracing for wind and flooding. The hurricane's fearsome power tore off roofs and sent cars tumbling, while Dorian's heavy rain flooded the entire first floor of many homes.

"It is scary", he said, adding that Grand Bahama's airport was 6 feet (almost 2 meters) underwater and that people were moving shelters as floodwaters kept surging.

In advance of Hurricane Dorian's landfall, schools along the US East Coast continue to prepare for the impact.

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Authorities expect Hurricane Dorian to come "dangerously close" to Florida where evacuation orders are in place, along with South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Its winds have weakened slightly, with maximum sustained gusts of 120 miles per hour (195 km/h), making it a Category 3 storm.

Personnel from the 45th Space Wing of the U.S. Air Force, which is headquartered at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, are also on hand at NASA's Launch Control Center for the hurricane.

The photos show just massive the coverage of Dorian is.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is now forecasting that Hurricane Dorian will inch up the Florida coast over the next few days, reaching Georgia on Thursday (Sept. 5) and North Carolina on Friday (Sept. 6).



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