Tropical Storm Edouard, Gulf Coast, United States, August 4, 2008

- Image ID: B4WBEK
NASA / Dembinsky Photo Associates / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: B4WBEK
By the afternoon of August 4 2008 Tropical Storm Edouard was headed for the U S Gulf Coast The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer MODIS on NASA s Terra satellite captured this image of the storm at noon Central Daylight Time 17 00 UTC In this image the sprawling storm blocks the satellite s view of much of the Louisiana coast including the New Orleans region while skies remain clear farther inland particularly in Texas Opaque clouds surround the storm s eye but farther away from the eye the clouds assume translucent wispy shapes especially in the east Edouard had not strengthened into a hurricane when MODIS acquired this image and the storm was expected to lose strength as it moved inland According to a report from the U S National Hurricane Center elevated oil rigs south of the Louisiana coast reported sustained winds of 72 to 89 kilometers 45 to 55 miles per hour well below the wind speed threshold for a Category 1 hurricane As predicted Edouard came ashore along the Gulf Coast early in the day on August 5 2008 one day after this image was acquired Never having acquired hurricane strength the storm made landfall west of the Texas Louisiana border east of Galveston Texas Besides strong winds heavy rains and a brief electrical outage Edouard caused little damage Credit NASA Dembinsky Photo Associates www dpaphoto com
Location: U. S. Gulf Coast