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Hurricane Claudette Comes Ashore
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On July 15, 2003, at 12:55 EDT, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
(MODIS) instrument onboard NASA’s Terra
satellite captured this bird’s-eye view of Hurricane Claudette making
landfall at Matagorda Bay on the middle Texas coast. At the time of this
image, Claudette was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (129 km per hour) with slightly
higher gusts, classifying the storm as a Category 1 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson scale. Claudette is expected to dump as much as 10 inches of
rain in portions of Texas and Louisiana, and to produce storm surge flooding of
4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels. As Claudette moves inland, she will
weaken rapidly, but will continue to dump copious amounts rain tonight and