Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
Hurricane Michelle made landfall in Cuba on Sunday, November 4, with
sustained winds of 135 miles per hour. Cuban media reported that at
least 5 people died in the storm and more than 600,000 people were
evacuated, primarily in the Matanzas province near Pinar del Rio. Cuban
officials report severe damages to property and crops in the wake of the
This true-color image of Hurricane Michelle was acquired on November
4 around 10:30 a.m. local time, just as the eye of the storm was
approaching Cubas southwestern coast. The scene was captured by the
Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard
NASAs Terra satellite. The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor
(SeaWiFS) also acquired a pair of scenes over the Gulf of Batabano,
where the storm churned up a lot of sediment.
According to the National Weather Service, at 4 p.m. on November 5,
Hurricane Michelle was located about 145 miles (230 km) east-northeast
of Nassau in the Bahamas. The storm was moving away from the Bahamas as
was slowly weakening. At that time, its winds were about 75 miles per
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