Wed, Aug 20, 2008
Storm Threatens To Move Inland Once Again, Stronger Than
NASA's Kennedy Space Center near Titusville, FL will remain
closed Wednesday because of the potential wind threat to workers
from Tropical Storm Fay. Center managers decided Wednesday morning
to keep Kennedy closed another day to general personnel through at
least workers' second shift, which ends late Wednesday night.
Managers planned to reevaluate the situation at 1100 EDT, and
will update employees by noon through the center's hurricane phone
lines and the agency's emergency operations Web site.
About 200 emergency personnel, known as a "ride-out crew",
remained on site through out the storm. They will begin making
initial damage assessments two hours after the sustained wind drops
below 58 mph and if there is daylight. The ride-out team hoped that
would come sometime Wednesday... though the slow-moving storm may
wreck those plans.
So far, there are no reports of any injuries or damage
associated with Fay at the center. The storm is forecast to pass
over Kennedy around mid-day and move off shore by the
The top sustained wind recorded at Kennedy overnight was about
66 mph with peak gusts about 77 mph. The center is forecast to
experience tropical force wind through Wednesday afternoon.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex also remains closed
It's little comfort to Floridians... but Fay gives NASA the
opportunity to take some really cool photographs. The image above
was taken by Jesse Allen, MODIS Rapid Response team as NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center, when Fay was off the northwest coast
of Cuba earlier this week.
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