Stunning pictures of Hurricane Genevieve have been captured by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The hurricane, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, was rushing in on the Baja coast of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean when the photographs were taken by NASA’s Chris Cassidy.
Despite the downgrade, the US National Hurricane Center is warning that Genevieve could still “lead to life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides”, with ocean swells expected to hit the Baja peninsula throughout Friday.
Two people have already drowned in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur as a result of Genevieve.
Image: The storm could cause loss of life, authorities warn. Pic: Chris Cassidy
Mr Cassidy’s photographs were posted to Twitter, and show the storm appearing to spread over almost the entirety of the Earth as visible from the ISS.
Its maximum sustained winds had dropped to 50mph by Friday morning, but at its peak the storm was a powerful category four hurricane with winds of 130mph on Tuesday.
The storm knocked out power and phone service to a large part of the Los Cabos area, flooded streets in poor neighbourhoods and toppled palm trees across what is normally a popular destination for tourists.
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Image: Landslides and ocean swells are expected on Friday. Pic: Chris Cassidy
Mr Cassidy was formerly a captain in the US Navy, and a Navy SEAL, before joining NASA in 2004.
He joined the ISS for his third spaceflight back in April and is currently the only American on board, after Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley left earlier this month for the final part of a SpaceX test flight.
He is now the ISS commander, accompanied by Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner as flight engineers.
Source : Sky News