Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian: NASA release shock images from space of storm headed for US | World | News

The tropical storm bearing down on the US was pictured gaining strength as it heads towards the southeastern states. The huge churning cloud is expected to make landfall early Monday morning as a Category 4 hurricane. The space station, meanwhile, was flying 260 miles (418 kilometers) above Cuba.

NASA is continuing to keep an eye on the developing storm.

Hurricane Dorian is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 Hurricane throughout the weekend.

The tropical storm battered the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday night.

But it is likely to strengthen before making landfall in Florida over the weekend.

Dorian was originally set to be a Category 1 hurricane.

The storm is expected to hit somewhere between Florida and southern Georgia, possibly late on Sunday – according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC).

In its advisory, the NHC warned of “devastating hurricane force winds along the Florida East Coast”.

President Donald Trump has cancelled a trip to Poland because of the storm.

READ MORE: Hurricane Dorian update: How should YOU prepare for a hurricane?

Major storms in the past have quickly gained in intensity and claimed the lives of thousands of people.

Hurricane Katrina hit near Grand Isle, Louisiana in 2005, as a Category 3 intensity.

Causing widespread destruction and fatalities, Katrina quickly upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane.

Hurricane Katrina is thought to have killed 1,833 people.

Hurricane Sandy approached the US in 2012 as a Category 2 storm, and later strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane.

It is thought to have been the most deadly hurricane in the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, with reports suggesting 285 people were killed as a result of the storm.

Hurricane Irma was the first storm on record to maintain wind speeds of 185 mph for 37 hours.

A Category 5 hurricane, Irma claimed the lives of 134 people in 2017.

Known as the deadliest natural disaster ever to have occurred in the United States, the 1900 Galveston hurricane is thought to have killed between 6,000-12,000 people.

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