August 5, 2004
Hurricane Alex skims the North Carolina shoreline in this image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite on August 3, 2004, at 12 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. At that time, Alex was a Category Two hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and stronger gusts. Storm surges of 2-4 feet, heavy surf, and rip currents are expected to affect the entire Atlantic shoreline. The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Alex formed as a tropical depression on July 31, and developed into a tropical storm on August 2. It reached hurricane status on August 3 as it neared the North Carolina coast. Both MODIS and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) tracked the development of the storm on August 2 and August 3.
Topics: Weather, Disaster Accident, Environment, Hurricane Alex, Natural disasters, Meteorology, Hurricane Bill, Atlantic hurricane season, North Carolina