Astronaut Spots Tropical Storm Barry Menacing the Gulf Coast

Space.com | 7/11/2019 | Meghan Bartels
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A host of weather satellites — and at least one astronaut — are keeping their eyes on Tropical Storm Barry as it approaches the Gulf Coast.

Barry is marching slowly northwestward toward the Louisiana coast today (July 12) and is expected to head north and inland over the lower Mississippi Valley tomorrow, according to a public advisory issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center.

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The winds of a tropical storm are much weaker than those of a hurricane, but the key threat is what stands out in a photo NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared on Twitter from her vantage point on the International Space Station: a vast spread of clouds.

Related: Hurricane Watch: How Satellites Track Huge Storms from Space

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NASA astronaut Christina Koch captured this image of tropical storm Barry and shared it on Twitter on July 11, 2019.

Those clouds threaten parts of Louisiana and Mississippi with 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 centimeters) of rain, with a few locations perhaps seeing 25 inches (64 cm), according to the National Hurricane Center. Storm surge, gusts of winds and a few tornadoes...
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